Storytelling Videos: Karnivool – We Are


I know there’s something wrong stop making it up
We’re too proud to see we’ve lost more than our trust
And now there’s nothing left, well’s dead and dried up
Its disease has left a foul taste in our cup
It just keeps on flowing
And we drift on knowing
It just keeps on flowing
This babble from our mouth

Who we are I fear most of the time
Carry on shuffling in order and in line
Who we are I fear most of the time
Carry on whipping boy, stare into the light
Stare into the light
And it feels familiar for good reason

I want us to break the case we’re in
With one of the tools of this catatonic skin
Remove all the parts
I want us to face the shape we’re in
A world of confusion awaits our sons and kin
Lets reset it all
Lets reset it all

Well it stings and it hurts, is this how it’s meant to be
Well it stings and it hurts, is this how it’s meant to be
Well it stings and it hurts, a small price to pay to be
In control and rebirth what our future’s meant to be

Who we are I fear most of the time
So carry on whipping boy, stare into the light
I want us to face the shape we’re in
A world of confusion awaits our sons and kin
Let’s reset it all (We are, we are, we are)
Let’s reset it all (We are, we are, we are)

These words of wisdom come with lack of vision
(We are, we are, we are)
This is the first day I’ve ever had to stand and witness
These words of wisdom come with lack of vision

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #4 – #1


MetalCatToday’s posts probably illustrate one of the main areas where the hybrid metal-jazz-prog Mammal differs from the the hard-hitting metalhead. My top four songs of 2009 all include distinct orchestral strains and a couple of them venture into the experimental realms.

Another area where we may differ markedly is that I am so easily distracted and veer off the topic. Three bees were trapped inside the window and were too stupid too find their way out. Everything stopped while I eased them gently to freedom.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #8 – #5


MetalCatHave I mentioned that Simone Simons is the most beautiful woman in the world and I <3 her? “Design Your Universe”; we all do that, unconsciously and instinctively, all the time. Everyone’s brain interprets external stimuli and experiences differently. We all internalise, modify and store memories that can never be the same as anyone else’s. Each of us does effectively inhabit our own, unique universes that our minds build for us.

If a Simone Simons is a twin-rotor helicopter in your universe, it must be a very interesting place.

 

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Album Review: Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble


Primus-And-The-Chocolate-FactoryThroughout my childhood there have been many films that have captured my impressionable imagination and then warped and raped it.  The Secret of Nimh, The Dark Crystal, The Brave Little Toaster, Labyrinth, Dumbo, Watership Down, etc.  They were all able to lure me in with colors, cuteness, and imagination and then rip the rug up from under me and show me the dark, seedy underbelly of the world in all its twisted glory.  I don’t know why, but I always tended to gravitate toward this style of film in my young age (and well into my teenage years and adulthood).  Sitting at the top of horrifically cute films lies the 1971 cinematic masterpiece Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring the great Gene Wilder in the role he was born to play; the magically mad Willy Wonka.  From the colorful cinematography to the densely dark under-themes of consumerism and greed the film didn’t shy away for a moment from the fact it was luring young kids into its mind-rape Ford Econoline van with pretty colors and promises of candy.

Another aspect of Willy Wonka that cements it as one of the greatest cinematic achievements is its soundtrack.  From happy and uplifting ‘Pure Imagination’ to nightmare inducing boat ride song the music of the flick covered just about every reachable aspect of places ones imagination can go.  And I’ll be damned if they weren’t catchy songs.  Don’t tell me you don’t find yourself humming the Oompa Loompa songs from time to time.  It was simply a quirky, fun, and occasionally dark bit of music.  And do you know what else is quirky, fun, and occasionally dark (ok, a bit more than occasionally)?  The long-standing oddball band, Primus.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #12 – #9


MetalCatA small percentage of people of any age listen to metal. Probably an even smaller percentage listen to classical music. If you mix the two forms you risk bombing out completely. Fortunately bands like Dark Moor are masters of neo-classical integration.

Who was the master of pure integration? All you British, hands up for Newton. All you Germans, give a yell for Liebnitz. Of course a lot of the work both of them did was derivative.

 

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New Music Video: Hybrid Circle – The Impossible


Hybrid CircleThoroughly modern metal. That’s what the Italian outfit Hybrid Circle have been delivering since their first album in 2008. “The Impossible” is a brand-new video of a track on their fourth album, “A Matter Of Faith”, released at the end of June.

“The Impossible” is an excellent example of Hybrid Circle’s rich musical style. Listed as technical metal, it’s a delectable blend of post progressive rock infused with flavours of Swedish death. The music alternates hard growls with sweet clean vocals, knitted together by really slick instrumentation and a tight rhythm section. You want top-quality Italian flair? Hybrid Circle have it.

The current line-up is Antonio Di Campli (vocals), Simone Di Cicco (guitar and backing vocals), Alessandro Mitelli (guitar), Giuseppe Costantino (keyboard and samples), Matteo Mucci (bass) and Vittorio Del Prete (drums).

Meet the band on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/hybridcircleofficial/timeline

 

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #16 – #13


MetalCatHere’s a bunch of lighter songs. That’s how my selections bubble-sorted themselves, although you’ve probably come to expect a fair bit of lighter metal (or obscure prog) in my posts.

The other Metal State writers let me live here for entertainment. They throw peanuts at me. I am learning to communicate in their language. I can say “want peanut butter” in Human.

 

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Music Video Revisited: Chaos – Game


Chaos

For decades I’ve dreamed of doing a culinary tour of India, home of my favourite types of food. Imagine what fun it would be to combine that with a musical tour of India.

The south-western coastal state of Kerala would be a good place to start. We’d fill ourselves with something irresistible like that Kerala spicy fish, then charge off to mosh away the calories in an evening with Chaos, a home-grown thrash band which has quickly risen to prominence on the Subcontinent.

For Western metal fans, India is a largely untapped source of quality music. In thrash, Chaos deserves a much, much bigger audience in Europe and the Americas. Ask them if they play old-school or modern thrash and they’d probably answer, “Screw the tags. We play thrash our way.” They do it solidly, powerfully and splendidly.

This song comes from their debut album, “Violent Redemption”, which was a complete sell-out in India. The album will be re-issued in January. Write that down. Chaos are also planning a new album for later in 2015. Write that down too.

Meet Chaos on Facebook and follow all their important links from their page:
www.facebook.com/chaosindia

 

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #20 – #17


MetalCatI played with anagrams of the names of the bands featured in today’s selection. To make an anagram, you take a word or words and mix the letters up to make a new word or words.

Here’s what I got:
Witchbreed – Chew Red Bit
Animals As Leaders – A Sad Nameless Liar
Depressed Mode – Odd Deeper Mess

There’s not much you can do with a name like OSI, so I made an anagram of the song title:
The Escape Artist – Pat Eats Heretics

While I’m at it, Dark Metal Cat becomes Tackle Mad Art, ChristopherMammal converts into Limp Comma Thrasher, and A Metal State Of Mind turns into Male Teat Manifolds.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #4 – #1


MetalCatDark Metal Cat has issued an advisory that this series has come under the scrutiny of the NSA because today’s episode includes no American bands. American metalheads may laugh at this allegation. Yeah? How did the NSA know what I was going to select before I did?

So today we have Amon Amarth, Sieges Even, Opeth and To-Mera. Dark Metal Cat has issued an advisory that the NSA has listed all of those band names as code words for secret meeting places where “strange people” in the USA listen to European bands.

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