Reggie’s Top 15 of 2015…For Now…In No Particular Order


top-15-iphone-app-development-companies_0Throughout the year, I take all of the albums I like; the ones I think might be Top 15 quality and I put them on a list. In no particular order, they sit until a few months before the end of the year. Then, I start deciding what stays and what goes. Sometimes it’s a tough choice, sometimes I have to listen to a few things again to refresh my memory as to why they were on the list in the first place. But, there is a lot of weeding out, weeding in, and sorting. It’s actually kind of fun and I get to take a break from listening to new things for a short while.

This year, I decided to do a best of (so far) list, just to see where things are going. I haven’t done this before. There have been a small handful of albums that went over well with me and I think they will stay on my list, but overall I have to say that it is not a particularly great year in metal as far as I am concerned. The “wow” factor is just not happening all that much this year…for me. This list is in no particular order. It’s a list of albums I think have the most potential for end-year nods. We do still have a way to go though. Read the rest of this entry

New Music Videos in June


A small selection of new music videos released in June, including Septekh, Being As An Ocean, Nekrogoblikon, Mutilation Rites, Deadspace and ColdSpell.

 

Being As An Ocean – Little Richie (melodic hardcore), from their self-titled third album released June 30.

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Full album stream: Mörglbl – Tea Time For Pünks


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One of the greatest joys of growing up is being fascinated and charmed by lovely new things. Since I’m 65 years old now, I’ll probably mature in the next 20 years and become crusty and set in my ways. Until then, I’ll grab all the thrill and delight there is to be found in new discoveries.

Mörglbl is a new discovery for me. I make that admission with my head hung low in shame because they’ve released six albums including “Tea Time For Pünks” and this is the first time I’ve heard them. I’ll rectify that shortcoming soon enough by treating myself to all their previous work. Who needs groceries when there is music like this to sate my appetite? Read the rest of this entry

Music To Check Out – Unleash The Archers, Half Hearted, Feared, Nasty Habit


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Canada’s Unleash The Archers was featured right here on A Metal State of Mind a few years ago.  We were fortunate enough to catch up with them for a quick interview which you can read here and check out their previous work while you are at it.  It’s about the fantasy and power metal with this outfit.  The strong female vocals are styled right up there with classic Rob Halford.  The music is fast-paced, doused with occasional blast beats, and a touch of death metal here and there.  Very much fitting for sword battles…or a Mad Max battle.  They must have done something right…they are now part of the Napalm family.  Enjoy!

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Album Review: Transport Aerian – Darkblue


DarkblueLocation: Leuven, Belgium

Genre: RIO/Avant Progressive Rock

Release date: 1 May 2015

Label: Melodic Revolution Records

Previous releases: Blessed (2009), Charcoal (2010), Bleeding (2014), Live.Blood.Live (2014)

Tracks: 8

Length: 41 minutes

Recommended to: Fans of Riverside, Lunatic Soul, Storm Corrosion, Porcupine Tree, The 3rd And The Mortal

Mammal’s rating: 4.2 out of 5

The Transport Aerian project have done it again with an album of fascinating and engrossing music that sounds unlike anything recorded by anyone else. Once more the project have thrown away the artificial constraints that bind music to a particular genre or style.

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Album Review: Max Pie – Odd Memories


maxpie-oddmemories-cover2015Album:  Odd Memories

Label:  Mausoleum

Songs:  10

Length:  62 Minutes

Genre:  Progressive Power Metal

Previous Albums:  Initial Process (2011); Eight Pieces, One World (2013)

Location:  Belgium

For those that live for the robust compositions of progressive metal, Max Pie should spark some interest.  Their new album, Odd Memories, is about to hit store shelves and digital libraries. It leans a bit to the power metal side of the spectrum.  So, it is progressive metal that makes you feel good when you are done hearing it.  The good thing though, is that the album is a bit more diverse than just odd time signatures and power metal, sing along choruses.  Promised Land is a great example of a song that makes you want to sing with the band, and sing it in the shower at the top of your lungs, but Cyber Junkie has a lot more chunk and heavy metal riffing.  Read the rest of this entry

Free Music: Lanthanein – Nocturnálgica (EP)


coverThis should be too good to resist if you’re fan of Gothic doom-death metal with galactic-class soprano vocals. Lanthanein, from Argentina, are giving away their EP to help promote their forthcoming full album, Lágrimas (“Tears”).

There’s a link on their Facebook page to the EP download. You can get Nocturnálgica free at this location. Before you do that, it would be good of you to visit Lanthanein on Facebook and say hello, thank you, etc.

The heart of the band is two people. Marilí Portorrico, the exceptionally good vocalist, also does the arrangements and directs the choir that gives the music its rich, operatic metal flavour. Juan Mansilla plays guitars and bass, and also does the backup male vocals and growling.

Marilí and Juan set out to make music that captures the splendour of classical music and the darkness and bite of 1990s Gothic metal. They achieve both objectives completely. The result is a set of songs reminiscent of The Sins Of Thy Beloved and bands of that ilk and era, but with grand symphonic backing.

I’ll most certainly want the full album. Judging by Nocturnálgica, Lágrimas will be beautiful. Here’s the title track from the EP.

 

Roundtable Review: Sleep at the Edge of the Earth by Wilderun


a1806077540_10Label: Self-released

Release Date: 7 April 2015

Songs: 9

Length: 54 minutes

Genre: Progressive Folk Metal

Studio Albums: Olden Tales & Deathly Trails (2012)

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Album Review: Helloween – My God-Given Right


Helloween_My-God-Given-Right-300x300Album:  My God-Given Right

Label:  Nuclear Blast

Release Date:  2 Jun 15

Songs:  16

Length: 73 Minutes

Previous Albums:  Walls of Jericho (1985); Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I (1987); Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II (1988); Pink Bubbles Go Ape (1991); Chameleon (1993); Master of the Rings (1994); The Time of the Oath (1996); Better Than Raw (1998); The Dark Ride (2000); Rabbit Don’t Come Easy (2003); Keeper of the Seven Keys:  The Legacy (2005); Gambling With The Devil (2007); 7 Sinners (2010); Straight out of Hell (2013)

Genre:  Power Metal

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Roundtable Album Review: The Oath – Consequences


The_Oath_ConsequencesLabel: Sliptrick records

Release Date: 20 April 2015

Songs: 10

Length: 48 minutes

Genre: Blackened experimental death metal

Studio Albums: The End of Times (2006), 4 (2008), Self-Destructed (2010)

Location: Lyon, France

 

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