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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #35-31

As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Song of the Week – Darkness Within

What can I say about a song that is just bad-ass?  How about…it’s really bad-ass!  Darkness Within comes off Machine Head’s Unto The Locust, the awesomely awesome follow-up to the stellar The Blackening album.  The song is powerful and the imagery in the video will probably piss off some individuals and/or groups, but that’s probably why it’s such a good video.  There is some dark imagery and visuals in the video, but that matches the feel of the song, so great job to the director.  As of this post, there is no video on YouTube just yet, so you have to catch it at this link.  Have a great day!

Update 3 Aug 2012…It’s on YouTube, so here it is.

Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Top 15 Albums of 2011

To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!

If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example.  I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists.  I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like.  Thank you for tuning in this year.  We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!

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Concert Review – Machine Head – London, 3 Dec 11

It was a hungry crowd at London’s Wembley Arena on 3 Dec 2011.  Metal is what they wanted and metal is what they got.  Machine Head with special guests Darkest Hour, DevilDriver, and Bring Me The Horizon brought an old and new style of metal to the London audience.  Some of it was highly appreciated and some of it wasn’t.  I will get to that later.  I was happy to be part of the experience, though my ear drums are paying for it today and probably for the next few days.  It was one of the loudest shows I have experienced in the last several years.

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In Case You Haven’t Picked It Up Yet

Here’s an official full album stream of Machine Head‘s new album Unto the Locust.  Not much more to say other than this is one spectacular slab of metal(I think I slobbered over this enough already…)  If you haven’t picked it up yet this should be lighting the fire under your ass.  Also, there’s a stream of Balls Out, the new album by the ultra-classy 80’s metal throwback band Steel Panther.  It includes perennial classics such as “Just Like Tiger Woods”, “17 Girls in a Row”, and “It Won’t Suck Itself”.  Seriously though, it’s got some killer metal and the lyrics are surprisingly clever, you’ll have a good time listening to it.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Album Review- Unto the Locust- Machine Head

   iohdesgrhuuihgfiuah….Sorry about that.  It was just my jaw hitting the keyboard as I sit here listening to the latest and highly-anticipated new L.P. from Machine Head.  I’ll say this right up front and immediately, Unto the Locust is in-f*ckin’-credibe, un-f*ckin’-believable, abso-f*ckin’-lutely damn mind-blowing.  Front to back this album is non stop metal awesomeness and you would be a fool to pass this release up, period.

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Video of the Week – Double Dip

Since Machine Head’s new album, Unto The Locust (extended edition) will have two cover songs, I want to honor those bands for whom Machine Head is covering.  Since MH did an excellent job covering The Police (Message in a Bottle) and Iron Maiden (Hallowed be thy Name), I am excited to hear new cover tunes of Rush (Witch Hunt) and Judas Priest (The Sentinel).  Here is a double shot of Rush and Judas Priest for this week’s Video of the Week – Double Dip.  I hope you had a great week.