Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2002 / #15 – #13


MetalCatAnother week, another metal year. This time machine is fun. I’ll have to buy one. At the end of my year-by-year hit parades I have to give this one back to Hertz Era Hire.

My 2002 kicks off with folk black, heavy and melodic power metal.

 

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Retro album review: The Sins Of Thy Beloved – Lake of Sorrow (1998)


The Sins OTB CoverLabel: Napalm Records

Release Date: 1998

Songs: 7

Length: 55 minutes

Genre: Gothic Doom Metal

Studio Albums: Perpetual Desolation (2000)

Location: Norway

 

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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #8 & #7


bc_rich_widow_wmd_bass_top_imageI love the power of a good instrumental song.  Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song.  Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side.  And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut.  Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music.  However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation.  This list is 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library.  I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites.  I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak.  This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times.  Enjoy!

8.  Angel – Marty Friedman

This album got a lot of spins and for quite a while it was my night night music.  Yes, I was an adult then and always listened to music at night.  Though I could fall asleep listening to Death I often preferred the lighter side of metal and this entire album did the trick.  Angel is a rhythmic song, but also contains some of the cooler guitar solos on this album.

7.  The Crusade – Trivium

This is the self-titled track off their 2006 album.  This song seems like it was meant to be an instrumental track because I can’t imagine it being set to any lyrics.  It also doesn’t really fit the rest of the album in my opinion.  It’s pretty long for a Trivium song and shows another side of the band…one where the focus is just creating a cook hook and running with it.

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #2 – #1


MetalCatOpeth does it again, taking Number One spot for the fourth time in the nine annual lists I’ve selected so far. Arjen Lucassen also does well again, this time with Ambeon.

 

 

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Video of the Week: Glass Delirium – Separate Ways


Let’s have something light, bubbly and amusing to celebrate the arrival of another weekend. Here’s what the drummer, Pat, says about this video, a cover a of a Journey song: “You know a lot of bands cover this song, and they do a great job. It really is a great song. When the idea came up to have us do a shot for shot remake of the video, we lost it! When it came time to shoot the video, none of us could keep a straight face, with the mullet wigs, and horribly awesome wardrobe. Goodwill rocks, by the way! Once we played the video next to the original music video, by Journey, we knew that we had something totally hilarious, and cool.”

In addition to Pat, Glass Delirium is Michelle on vocals, Scott on guitars, Aeon on bass, and David on keys. The band’s home town is Denver, Colorado, and you can meet them on Facebook:

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

 

 

Tales From Bandcamp: Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom Score by Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom


a3608266349_10The second I saw the band name and cover art for Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom I had to click on it and see what it was all about.  Expecting some sci-fi doom band I was pleasantly surprised that the record is a score for a ten-cent sci-fi schlock-fest film by the same name and the music is an homage to the glorious scores of 80s sci-fi and horror flicks like Blade Runner, Day of the Dead, Terminator, and 80s John Carpenter.  Jam packed full of synths and more synths I immediately fell in love with this electronic cheese.  Not really metal, but whatever, the band name makes it metal enough.

If cheesy sci-fi synth music is something you can get down with, give the record a spin, it’s atmospheric and fun.  If not, just watch the trailer for the film, which is undeniably metal as fuck.  Now, if you excuse me, I need to go get my hands on that flick.  Enjoy!!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Album Review: Wisdom by The Order of Israfel


PromoImageSometimes I wonder if I’ve died and gone to Heaven.  The past handful of years have seen a resurgence of doom metal unlike any other genre out there.  Back in the 90s and early aughts I had to scape and scrawl to find a new band out there releasing a quality doom release, and now I can’t even keep up with the amount being tossed my way.  Maybe it’s because stuff like Bandcamp has made it easier to find them or maybe record labels are getting their shit together and realizing people actually buy this stuff.  Whatever it is, it’s awesome, though maybe not for my old, worn down Candlemass, Cathedral, and St. Vitus records which aren’t getting as much attention as they used to.  To add to the pile of outstanding doom releases this year, the debut album, Wisdom, by a little band called The Order of Israfel landed in my lap and into my heart.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #4 – #3


MetalCatBorknagar’s folk black metal pops up again today, but I think this is the first appearance of Gojira’s thrash death in my selections. I could try to remember but that won’t work. I don’t even remember… now what was it I don’t remember? Damn. I could check on my year-by-year lists but that would mean switching on the computer. I’m not feeling very energetic today. Dark Metal Cat says I should do as he does and sleep 20 hours a day.

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Roundtable album review: Unwilling Flesh – Between the Living and the Dead


Unwilling Flesh CoverLabel: Eihwaz Recordings

Release Date: 30 September 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 39 minutes

Genre: Old Swedish-style Death Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: USA

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #6 – #5


MetalCatIncluding today’s posts, I see five of my six selections so far for 2001 are various types of black metal. My Zulu friends would approve if Zulus liked metal. Few do. One who does is my almost-grandson, Simphiwe, now all of 11 years old, who calls me Mkhulu (Grandfather). He’s not wild about black metal, though. He likes death. He’ll happily listen to a couple of death albums in a row. For an 11-year-old, concentrating on anything for that long is quite remarkable.

He’s good friends with Dark Metal Cat. They both mosh like aces.

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