Album Review & Interview: Bloodhunter – Bloodhunter


coverLabel:  Suspiria Records

Release Date:  6 May 2014

Songs:  11

Length:  45 Minutes

Genre:  Death / Extreme Metal

Studio Albums:  This is their debut album

Location:  Spain

If you are looking for a dose of the hard stuff, look no further than Bloodhunter, whose guttural vocals behind the throat of Diva Satanica will make your ears bleed…in a good way.  Their debut album, released in May 2014, is a fierce dose of death metal on the more extreme side.  Blast beats – yes, quick riffs – check, all around viciousness – of course.  The First Insurrection opens with a sound clip from the movie The Shining which is one of the best parts of the movie where “Jack” breaks open the door with an ax trying to kill his wife.  It’s a cool start to an album laced with violent melodies. The rest of the instrumental track sets the album up nicely as its speed intensifies and the blast beat kicks in.  Read the rest of this entry

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1997 / #10 and #9


MetalCatAs I’m preparing this post, a troop of vervet monkeys from the forest is having a team shouting and bickering match. The males are getting the hots for the girl monkeys. It’s that time of year, the coldest time of year here in Zululand. The temperature at sunset is down to below 20C.

I shouted through the window,  “Hey! Guys! I’m trying to listen to music from Scandinavia, where monkeys know how to behave!” They ignored me. Maybe they’re Viking monkeys.

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Concert Review: UK Tech Metal Fest 2014, part 2. Kadinja, Orion, Nexilva, Meta-stasis, Jon Gomm


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Remember, this festival review won’t cover all the bands playing, I’ve chosen the ones I personally liked the best.
Part 1 can be found here.

Thanks to Carrie-Anne Pollard for the lovely photos, check out more great shots from Tech Fest on Me Vs The World! Photography

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coverKadinja - There is quite a buzz around this young, French band at the moment and rightfully so. They come with a breeze of fresh air and huge potential, brilliant technical skills and an uplifting sound. It was a bit unfortunate that the sound in the building didn’t do the music justice, but if you were familiar with their songs before Kadinja did not disappoint. Behind a curtain of long hair there is some incredible guitar work going on and the loud bass instantly puts a smile on my face, all coming out so playful and tasty. The singer’s strong, distinctive voice is very pleasant on the ears and particularly impressive during the clean parts in the song “Henry Call Mash Yes” (such a fun song title, and also one of my favourite singles this year). It’s great to see how everyone in the band is having a good time on stage and that their music is loved by the crowd as well. I’m hoping to see Kadinja live soon again, for now I’m (im)patiently waiting for a full album.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #2 and #1


MetalCatCenturies separate my top two songs of 1996. One of them draws on folk music roots going back – what’s a long period of time? – yonks. The other is set in a distant future.

One of the innumerable glories of music is that it spans time as well as physical, political and other boundaries. Music is four-dimensional. That’s why it’s so easy to get lost in it.

 

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Video(s) Of The Week: Aeon Zen and Meta-Stasis


Because I’m incapable of making a decision of which video to post today, I’ll give you two, videos, two songs of different styles of metal. The bands have one thing in common though, they both played the lovely UK Tech Fest a couple of weeks ago. Aeon Zen brings us some proggy-power goodness and a fantastically cute and creative video. I love their little faces put on South Park-like bodies, it’s so well made and the facial expressions are hilarious!

https://www.facebook.com/aeonzen

Meta-stasis on the other hand will blast your ears off with their extreme-psycho-tech-death-industrial-jungle metal and a very tasty, animated video. I am impatiently waiting to hear their new album that comes out soon!

https://www.facebook.com/metastasis666

Roundtable Retro Album Review: Rammstein – Herzeleid


Rammstein_coverLabel: Motor Music

Release Date: 24 September, 1995

Songs: 11

Length: 50 minutes

Genre: Industrial Metal

Studio Albums: Six; this was their debut album

Location: Germany

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #4 and #3


MetalCatThe way my hit parade has sorted itself out with considerable assistance from Dark Metal Cat, it happens that today is a very proggy day. It also happens that both bands are exceptionally good at their styles of metal, ja?

So, herewith two monster bands in one post. Come to A Metal State Of Mind NOW!!! for bonus music at no extra charge.

 

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Roundtable Album Review: Anathema – Distant Satellites


Anathema_coverLabel: KScope

Release Date: 10 June, 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 57 minutes

Genre: Atmospheric Metal

Studio Albums: Nine previous albums

Location: UK

 

 

 

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Album Review: Overkill – White Devil Armory


downloadRecord Label:  Entertainment One U.S.

Release Date:  22 July 2014

Songs:  13 (including two bonus tracks)

Length:  61 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash

Studio Albums:  Seventeen of them

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