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Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #21- Broadsword coverd by Turisas


conanI consider myself a decently sized Jethro Tull fan.  Beyond the copious amounts of flute in their music, everything else surrounding the band is more oft than not, sublime.  Catchy, progressive, engaging, yadda yadda yadda.  And beyond their blockbuster records like Thick as a Brick and Aqualung, they have a ton of other albums that never received the spotlight like their earlier albums.  One era of the band that many people slam was when they took a journey down a more synthesizer heavy route adding many electronic elements to their music.  Personally, I think that the concept of adding non-folk instruments to a band heavily rooted in folk music rubbed many in the wrong way and the handful of albums released on this path never got the attention they deserved.  One of those albums released during that period quickly found its way to becoming a personal favorite Tull album for me.  The Beast and the Broadsword was able to combine that cool synth sound with the heavy folk sound to a successful degree and packs a litany of wonderful Jethro Tull songs with some great scope and tons of proggy progginess.  And by far my choice track off said album is the battle classic “Broadsword”.  The tune is just so powerful and heroic, one can not resist the urge to arm thyself with double-edged steel and feel the desire to rush into battle.

Which brings me to the covering band.  Turisas have made quite the name for themselves for more or less fathering ‘battle metal’.  When one listens to their music, scenes of heroics and grand battles fought with blade and horse flash through the mind and the want to join in the melee looms.  So, what band would be more fitting to cover Jethro Tull’s most heroic song?  Turisas of course, and what a bang up job they do.  Infusing the orchestral elements and insanely huge scope the battlers are famous for, these Finnish warmasters end up adding such a bevy of color and life to the already excellent song.  While I love the synth sound of the original, hearing this particular track modernized with more live instruments and the baritone vocals thrown in I can’t help but wonder what Turisas could do with the rest of The Beast and the Broadsword.  Here’s to wishes 😉  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Turisas Version:

Original Jethro Tull Version:

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Music Video Mania- Finnish Metal


If heavy metal had a Mecca right now I would say it is Finland.  The cold country seems to be the breeding ground of a myriad of high quality metal bands spanning through many genres.  I don’t know what the Finns are drinking (maybe some of that ceremonial thunder brew that was the inspiration for Korpiklaani‘s latest album Ukon Wacka), but if there is one thing that they can do, it’s write some of the best metal that the world has to offer.  According to many statistics, Finland has the most metal bands per person with for every 4 people there’s 1 metal band.  That’s a lot of metal.

This updated repost of a Music Video Mania I did last year will be the first part of a 2 part series.  Next week I will take a look and give my opinion as to why Finland has so much great metal going on in the country.  If any Finnish readers (or any readers) would like to give their opinion why Finland is so rich with metal, I’d really love to hear it!!!  Enjoy the videos!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Matt’s(Atleastimhousbroken) Honorable Mentions of 2011


Man, what can I say?  2011 has been a hell of a year.  First things first, since this will be my final post of 2011, I just want to thank all our readers old and new for tuning in to Metal State.  The site has grown so much over the past year and I’m honored to have all you readers and commenters here for the ride!!  And a thank you to my blogger in crime Reggie(Plantera7) for being a completely awesome blogging partner and brother in metal!!!!  And to everyone I say Happy Holidays and have a great start to your New Year, may it be great 2012 overflowing with copious amounts of Peace, chock full of Love, and tons upon tons of glorious Metal!!!

So onwards, like every other media website, Metal State will also be doing “Best of 2011” lists, I’m sure you’ve already seen/read a few of our other various “Best of” posts, and naturally we are waiting till the end to unleash the big daddy, the “Top 15 Albums of 2011”, which you will be able to read as soon as we return from our 2 week holiday break which will start today(we will still be around here and there to respond to comments, report any “huge” news, etc, but the regular posting will be on hiatus while we enjoy our holidays).  On Jan. 4, 2012 we will be posting our “Top 15 Best Albums of 2011”.  While making mine I had a bit of difficulty getting all the albums I really enjoyed honestly on the list, so I decided to make a mention of a handful of some great albums that ultimately didn’t make my personal Top 15.  Some factors I used when doing my list were how often I returned to the album, my initial reaction to it or how well it grew on me, and most importantly, how much I personally and unbiasedly enjoyed it.

The great thing about reading all of the year-end lists for me is being able to see some of my favorites get mentioned, and if there is someone who mentions a good amount of albums I like, chances are there are some great releases on their list that might be right up my alley.  Anyways, here are some of my honorable mentions in no particular order.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Theme Thursday- Album Covers


I’m sure you’ve all heard the expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  Most of the time that’s easier said than done.  I’ve purchased a decent share of albums based on the cover alone, some covers gave a good representation of what may be on the album, some misrepresented and I’ve been led to my share of “meh” albums.  When you have an album with great artwork along with some great music contained within you have yourself a special package that pleased many of your multiple senses.  And as an avid CD collector the album artwork is something special to me.  Since many of you are already familiar with many of the classic album covers such as Master of Puppets, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath I’ll make a list(in no particular order) of more modern album covers from 2000 and onward from popular and lesser known bands(one per band).

What are your favorite album covers and how important is the artwork in an album to you?  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Best of 2011, So Far….


It’s now July 2011 and we have hit the halfway point in the year.  So far there have been tons of outstanding metal releases and there will be some upcoming releases to hit in the second half of the year(September is going to be one hell of a month).  I’d like to present you with my top 10 favorite albums to be released so far in 2011.  Let’s see how many maintain their hold till the end of the year.  A few I haven’t gotten around to reviewing but be sure that will eventually pop up soon.  And as always, what were your favorite albums for the first half of 2011.  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Theme Thursday-Unlikely Covers


Cover songs are a great way for a band to show tribute to their favorite artists, and move out of their comfort zone and have some fun with their music without having to compromise the integrity of their core material.  Here’s a list of some covers done by metal bands that step out of what the bands core sound and cover something that is a little different for them, some of the covers are “metalized” some hone the spirit of the original, but in the end, they’re all pretty damn good covers.  And if you dig the cover version, check out the original, more times than not it’s a great song.  If you know some more unlikely covers let us know in the comments and let us know what your favorite were. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal

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Album Review-Turias-Stand Up and Fight


Sweeping orchestral pieces, brutal guitars, powerful vocals, songs about grand battles, history and folklore, and fun. If any of these things interest you, go out and pick up “Stand Up and Fight” by Finnish metal band Turisas now. You will not be disappointed. By the time you reach the end of the album you’ll realize you have adorned yourself with full armor, carry a broadsword, and have left a trail of destruction in your wake.

Turisas spared no expenses on making “Stand Up and Fight”. On every song there’s top notch production and music played by a full orchestra. All the songs are catchy and you will find yourself battle shouting along with Mathias Nygård and Co. on every track. Turisas have crafted their most fun and most accessible album to date. And just because the new album is more accessible and carries more “pop sensibility” doesn’t mean that it’s any less metal than their previous albums.

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Video of the Week-Stand Up and Fight


This weeks video is the freshly released video for “Stand Up and Fight” by Turisas.  On the album Stand Up and Fight Turisas pushed their sound forward and instead of focusing solely on themes of aged history, they incorporate more modern themes into the recording without passing up on the whole “Battle Metal” feel by writing songs that can pertain to things of time past as well as now and into the future.  This video is a perfect example of their change.  Instead of warriors clad in medieval armor swinging swords and battle hammers we get the band in a “Mad Max” setting cruising around in a Jeep inspiring people to stand up and fight.

One thing I love about this song is the positive message it portrays and that message can be applied to any aspect of life.  And the positivity present in this song is held throughout the entire album(check out my review which will probably be up by the time you read this).  So, who do you think would win in a fight?  Mad Max Rockatansky or Mathias of Turisas.  “Two men enter, one man leaves!!!”

Peace, Love, and Metal,

Atleastimhousebroken

Download Festival Update – 23 Feb 11


Well a lot has happened since my last Download Festival update.  I should do this more often so I won’t have to list so many bands, but the promoters have been hard at work loading up the stages.  It’s still too early to tell which day and stage all associated bands will be playing, but just knowing who will be there is half the battle.

A few days ago, the big announcement was that four huge bands were added to the list.  So I eagerly read the article in anticipation for the big news.  By the time I got to the end, I thought that the bands might have been left out of the article by accident.  Then I realized, that was not the case.  The four HUGE bands are:

Twisted Sister – cool, but they WERE huge (would like to see them, but not enough of a draw to get me up there)

Down – Decent, but haven’t listened to them that much

Trash Talk – Who?

Duff McKagan’s Loaded – Never heard of them, but I am aware of who DM is?

I understand there is a promotion going on, but when you say HUGE, I am thinking Big Four, AC/DC, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Today there were 17 more bands added to the list.  And the winners are:

Def Leppard

Turisas

All That Remains

Sacred Mother Tongue

Bowling For Soup

Devil Wears Prada

Bring Me The Horizon

Frank Turner

Cheap Trick

Asking Alexandria

Straight Line Stitch

Disturbed

Black Stone Cherry

The King Blues

Madina Lake

Jameson Raid

Ghost

I think I am going to have to write a blog about the first rule in metal…not to give your band a stupid name.  There are a few up there, I don’t think I have to elaborate.  So here is my question to you.  Right here, right now which day would you choose based on the following confirmed date and band lineup?

Friday is headliner Def Leppard with Pendulum, Korn, Alter Bridge, Danzig

Saturday is headliner System of a Down with Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, The Cult, Twisted Sister

Sunday is headliner Linkin Park with Bullet for my Valentine, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Frank Turner

If it were me I think the Def Leppard day would be cool also to see Danzig, but I caught Def Leppard at Download in 2009.  So this year I would pick Sunday for BFMV and Rob Zombie.  But, I am still not going…not enough bands I like on any one given day.