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Song of the Week – I Don’t Wanna Be Me

I came across this song today as my iTunes library was set to random.  I realized I hadn’t listened to Type O Negative in quite  a while and it was a pleasure reacquainting myself with their dark and sometimes lighthearted music.  So why not use it as the song of the week?  This song appears on the album Life is Killing Me from 2003.  Enjoy!


Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #91-95


A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too. 

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #100-96

I recently went to see Paradise Lost in Norwich, UK, and while there another fan asked me what my Top 10 bands were.  Honestly, I couldn’t answer him because that has been a burning thought in my mind for a long time.  There are too many great bands out there.  I listed a few bands, but other than that steam started coming out of my ears – Three Stooges style.  There are just too many good bands out there to think about which one is best.  My top bands list is a project for the future.  I did, however, find it easier to list my favorite albums.   Jumping on the bandwagon at THOM, I finally formulated my list – a bit later than everyone else.  With my list, I limited myself to a maximum of three albums by a band just to be fair and mostly unbiased.

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Themed Thursday – Album Intros

A good intro to a record serves many purposes, but most importantly it is the bands starting point to grab a listener’s attention and set the mood and tone for the rest of the album.  If it is a concept album it sets up the themes and story if there is one, if it’s a straight up brutal album it should be a track to really get the adrenaline running.  And so on and so forth.  Intros come in the form of an instrumental song, spoken word, or just a really strong track to get things started off on the right track.

Here are some of my favorite album intros.  Some may be composed of 2 tracks due to the first part seamlessly transitioning into the second more or less making the 2 part of 1.  Enjoy and let us know what some of your favorite album intros are!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Theme Thursday – For Those Who Rocked…

On July 11th, 2001 Slipknot headlined the (Sunday) last day of Sonisphere, UK.  What made this particular event so special was it marked Slipknot’s first live appearance since the death of bassist Paul Gray.  This got me thinking of bands that have lost band members.  In particular, it got me thinking about what happens to the band when a musician dies.  Sometimes, the band moves on and sometimes it is the end complete.

This theme Thursday is a tribute to those who rocked, but unfortunately met their demise way too early in life.  I wanted to take a few minutes to remember their contributions to metal and share them with A Metal State of Mind readers.  I can’t possibly list them all so if I missed one of your favorite rockers please let us know about their accomplishments in the comments box.

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Theme Thursday-The Softer Side of Metal

Sometimes a metal band gets a little bored with writing brutal in your face riffs and songs and to keep themselves fresh they venture into alien territories.  A lot of times those territories show a much more mellow side of a metal artist or band and also allow the artists to explore different parts of themselves and when they return to the metal side of the realm, they are back refreshed and in full force to get back into your face and pound out some more metal.  For a musician, I feel that doing something like this is absolutely necessary, whether it be a song on an album, a side or solo project, or an album with the band, when you keep doing the same thing over and over again, one tends to become disenchanted with what it is they are doing and break is needed to keep the creative juices flowing.

Here is a list of some of the stuff that has been released by metal artists and bands that deviate from the bone crushing force of metal and venture into the softer more mellow side of metal.  Hope you enjoy, and as always, if you see an artist or band not featured here that you know has a softer side, let me know in the comments.  Peace Love and Metal!!

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Song of the Day- 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas, everyone.  I have decided to forego the album of the week this week and just have a song of the day today. 

The song of the day for Christmas Day 2010, is “Red Water (Christmas Mourning) by Type O Negative, from their album “October Rust”.

This is not a particularly cheery Christmas song, but it does the trick.  The world of metal has only a few Christmas songs. 

I sincerely hope each of you have a great Christmas, and that you spend today with loved ones or good friends.  No one should have to spend Christmas alone.  I also encourage you to take a few moments to think about the people that are less fortunate than you. 

A special Christmas wish goes out to all of our military brothers and sisters downrange in harm’s way.  Come home safe.

Album of the Week- 16 Oct 2010

Good Morning All,

This week’s album of the week is one of my favorites.  It has become one of my all time favorites since the lead singer and bassist passed away.  The death of the pivotal member of this band was the greatest blow of all the rock deaths in the last year (or so). 

This week’s Album of the Week is “October Rust” by Type O Negative

Released in 1996, this album is not one of their most critically acclaimed, but it is one of my favorites.  Type O Negative are the masters of gothic metal, and they seemed like they genuinely had fun while making music, despite their persona.  

It seems like the metal community lost more bass players than anything this last year.  We also lost Mike Alexander (Evile) and Paul Gray (Slipknot) in addition to Peter Steele.  Peter Steele’s death seemed to fly under the radar, but to me, it was the most upsetting.

RIP Peter Steele.  You can never be replaced.