Glorior Belli is a French band that recently released their album Gators Rumble, which might explain the theme for this video for Backwoods Bayou. It’s a short video, but has that avant-garde artsy appeal that makes it interesting even though there are no words in the song or that the alligator eats anyone. If you haven’t checked out the Oct/Nov release of Gators Rumble, you should – it’s pretty damn good. Enjoy the Song of the Week.
For an added bonus I will add this second video clip so that you can experience the full extent of what this band has to offer besides alligator videos.
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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.
#20 Ihsahn – angL
I might be considered strange who prefer Ihsahn’s solo albums over his work in Emperor. But who cares, right? By now you all know I’m a sucker for a strong, unique singing voice and Ihsahn is one of a kind. His style of blackened progressive metal includes amazing riffs, dark melodies, relaxing bass lines, vicious screams and thoughtful, poetic lyrics. Like an all-in-one-package. Perfect.
Kill Devil Hill hit the scene in 2011 and already released their second album, Revolution Rise. I have to give the guys props for two reasons; first, they appear to be a hard-working band having released two albums in two years. Second, they are still the same four dudes playing music they want to play which is a style that doesn’t rely on overly aggressive tempos. Not that there is anything wrong with aggression, it’s nice to take a break and Kill Devil Hill is perfect for that. Metal needs bands like Kill Devil Hill to contrast aggression and they do a fine job. They are musicians from eclectic backgrounds, but together they create heavy metal music that is far-removed from an in-your-face style laced with grit and angst. Revolution Rise is a strong sophomore effort from the quartet and is a nice addition among my collection of (mostly) brutal music.
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#4 The songwriting and lyrics
The biggest part of my musical heart belongs to progressive metal, mainly because I like the complex and diverse nature of the music, the excellent songwriting, carefully thought out lyrics and lengthy tracks. The best thing is when bands compose concept albums that are one long, consecutive song, like TesseracT’s ‘Concealing Fate’ and Uneven Structure’s ‘Februus’. Another example of good songwriting and lyrics:
Gojira – Pain Is A Master
#3 Emotional Vocals
A vocalist with a powerful and versatile voice is very often present in the music I like the most. I’ve realized it’s a very important component; instrumental music doesn’t interest me much at all. I love a sincere, emotional voice with a good range that can perform many different styles like Daniel Tompkins (Skyharbor), Ilkka Viitasalo (Benea Reach), ICS Vortex (Borknagar) Daniel de Jongh (Textures)
Skyharbor – Catharsis
If you know me, then you know I am a nit-picker for appropriate band names. If it were not for the hype around the World Wide Web concerning a highly aggressive hardcore band called Weekend Nachos, I never would have thought to look into them. It’s not like judging a book by its cover because I don’t judge the name Weekend Nachos; it just doesn‘t sound like a metal band. Therefore, they might slip by me undetected unless pointed out to me. Well, they were pointed out to me…thankfully. Actually, Weekend Nachos really is a great band name. When I think of (literally) weekend nachos I think of being drunk after a night out and eating nachos at whatever is the only open-for-business at 3am restaurant in town…usually Denny’s. Perhaps their moniker has something to do with the fact they declare on their facebook page their affection for Taco Bell and White Castle. Setting aside a cool non-metal band name, Weekend Nachos certainly has something to offer…a kick in whatever body region might hurt you!
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Continuing my selection of albums that bridge the blurred gap between metal and prog. Some of these albums are labelled as metal, some as prog, but all of them could be both. Read the rest of this entry →
Jungle Rot has been on the scene since 1994 and despite having gone through numerous band members, the Wisconsin death metal act has remained steady in the album output department. They have seven albums under their belt along with a few demos and EPs and show no signs of slowing down. In 2011 they signed with Victory Records and released Kill on Command and Terror Regime; if interested you can read my thoughts on the latter of those albums here. Recently, bassist James Genenz was kind enough to share his Top 15 albums of 2013 with A Metal State of Mind and we would love to share it with you. But, before we hit up his list here is a quick video of the band in action which, of course, might explain some of his hard-hitting album choices. Enjoy!
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Genre: Avant-garde black metal.
Release date: October 29, 2013.
Label: Pagan Records.
Recommended to: Fans of ambient and progressive black metal; atmospheric doom; experimental prog metal; drone and sludge.
This is the kind of music your parents warned you about if your mom and dad were really stupid.
More perceptive parents might encourage their cuddly little 23-year-old children with black-and-white painted faces to listen to this album for its educational qualities. It presents a gripping, disturbing and magnificently moving sensation of what it must feel like to be a tortured soul writhing in the depths of Hell.
If your parents are hyper-intelligent, they’ll listen to this and shout, “Unholy non-gods! This is a splendid exploration of new directions in the darkest of metal!” Read the rest of this entry →
I am a little late to the Insomnium game. My first taste was during the release of One For Sorrow and as a result of that album, they cemented themselves as a band of interest in my life. I then went back one album and enjoyed that too. I still have others on my list of albums to buy and will get to them soon I hope. I also had a cool opportunity to meet them and see them live a couple of years ago. Needless to say, when a new EP presented itself to me (or the world I should say), two things went through my mind. First, where the hell did this come from and second, why just an EP? I can’t say I am complaining, but I am a little bit because I was looking forward to a full-length release. However, if there is one thing I learned in my life is patience and I am sure the full-length studio album will follow. Based on my minimal research, there will be an album in 2014. So, we wait, but for now we can enjoy four new tracks; three of which are instrumental.
I am not sure what to call Man Must Die; perhaps death metal or grindcore might be a good fit, but labels don’t really mean much. What I should say is that the 10 songs on their new album Peace Was Never An Option are nothing less than guttural, brutal, bone-crunching, with a flair for melody. The Scottish quartet stitches together some brutal elements that remind me a little bit of Napalm Death with the vocal style and tempo changes. The big difference from a constant barrage of brutality is that they do find room for well-composed guitar melodies and short solos. They aren’t thrown in there like some metalcore bands do it…faced and out-of-place. Man Must Die does a great job of transitioning from harsh to heavenly when it comes to infusing melody with an otherwise devilish pace. Their overall feel transitions from a more standard death metal formula and touches upon grindcore and thrashy elements a little bit for a fairly brutal concoction of enjoyable metal. Their album was released on Lifeforce records and is out now worldwide.