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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #4 & #3


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!

4.  Circles Without Division – Sleepers Awake

First off, this is an amazing album; forever cemented as my #1 album of 2013. Circles Without Division is an excellent song that is among of the shorter songs on Transcension.  It’s a bit spacey at times and encompasses varying tempos like any good progressive metal band should.  Below is a clip of the full album.  The song of focus here is track #7 though I highly recommend listening to the whole experience if you haven’t had a chance to check out Sleepers Awake.

3.  Decoherence – Insomnium

This is a really dark somber kind of a song; I think it’s beautiful especially from a melodic death metal band like Insomnium.  Decoherence always calms me no matter what kind of mood I am in and I also use this for my morning alarm clock.  The image selected for this video clip suits the song perfectly.  The song appears on the album One For Sorrow released in 2011.

Album Review: Maskin – Storm


Maskin_Storm_digicover-300x300Label: Mosquito Recordings

Album:  Storm.  This is their debut

Release Date:  3 Sep 14

Genre:  Stoner / Hard Rock

Songs:  8

Length:  44 Minutes

Location:  Sweden

FFO:  Kyuss, Bong Cauldron, Gringo, Vista Chino  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Adimiron – Timelapse


a3305286590_2Label: Scarlet Records

Album:  Timelapse; this is their fourth album

Release Date:  3 Nov 14

Genre:  Avant-Garde / Progressive / Post Death Metal

Songs:  9

Length:  43 Minutes

Location:  Italy  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Disasterhate – Mirroring The Abyss


PromoImage (2)For Fans of:  Arch Enemy, Forbidden, Fear Factory

Record Label:  Club Inferno Ent.

Release date:  22 Sep 14

Album:  Mirroring the Abyss (This is their debut album)

Genre:  Thrash / Death Metal

Nationality:  Italy

Songs:  9

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Album Review: Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will


Iron-Reagan-AlbumLabel:  Relapse Records

Album:  The Tyranny of Will

Previous Albums:  Worse Than Dead (2013); Exhumed/Iron Reagan Split (2014); Spoiled Identity EP (2014).

Genre:  Hardcore / Crossover Thrash / Punk

Songs:  24 (25 if you have the bonus track)

Length:  32 Minutes

From:  Richmond, VA, USA

FFO:  Municipal Waste, S.O.D., M.O.D., D.R.I., Cro-Mags, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, Bio-Hazard Read the rest of this entry

Death Metal Mini Review Madness: Centinex; Deserted Fear; Fornicus; White Empress; Calm Hatchery


Centinex – Redeeming The Filth

Centinex

I can first describe Centinex has a faster paced Six feet Under.  They have that infectious rhythmic groove, but it’s just a little faster and equally ruthless.  Death Glance and Bloodraze are born of scorching cadence along with many others; built for the pit.  The good thing is that not all of their songs are just neck snapping fervor.  Ok, the neck snapping part might be true, but Centinex tones things down a bit focusing more on a vicious groove with songs such as Stone of Choice, Unrestrained, and Rotting Below.  In terms of death metal; it’s a diverse album highly recommended for anyone into death metal acts such as Cannibal Corpse, Six feet Under, and Obituary…just to name a few.

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Album Review: Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain


CannibalCorpse-ASkeletalDomain-300x300I have been sitting here trying to think of an approach to review Cannibal Corpse’s new album, A Skeletal Domain, their 13th studio album since 1990.  I mean when you take a band that churns out speedy riffs and ruthless death metal album after album, what words can I use to describe the brutal consistency of the band?  I guess if there is one thing Cannibal Corpse has going for themselves is their stability with their lineup; it’s been the same since 2005.  As much as apprentice members can breathe new life into a band, having the same members for a long period can allow a band to grow together and become a leader in their genre; the example to emulate.  This is where Cannibal Corpse stands out among their peers. Read the rest of this entry

Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #6 & #5


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!

6.  The Ultimatum – Jeff Loomis

It wasn’t until fairly recently I became familiar with Loomis’s solo career.  I imagine watching a video like the one below would inspire many budding shredders to shred even harder.  This song rides on his ability to play solos for an extended amount of time.  Seeing is believing; this is a really cool play-through video.  Enjoy!

5.  Cosmic Sea – Death

Death opened the door for death metal in my world.  It was when I saw the video for Lack of Comprehension off the Human album (same album where Cosmic Sea appears) that I realized just how technical and heavy death metal could be.  Up to that point, I thought that genre had no discernible rhythm.  From there it spread to other bands and before I knew it I developed quite a fondness for death metal in general from the brutal to the technical to the groovy as long as it has some kind of identifiable structure to it.  It has to be more than just growls and blast beats.

Missed Reviews: Killswitch Engage; Bullet For My Valentine; Ghost Brigade; Toxic Holocaust; Skeletonwitch; Cradle of Filth


If I had it my way I would by every album I want with the money that grows on this tree outside.  But, since the world doesn’t work like that some potential album purchases get pushed to the wayside until a time arises when the wallet fairy says it’s time to buy.  In some cases, like with Ghost Brigade, I never knew they existed.  So, thanks to people like you, readers, fellow bloggers, and my Metal State cohorts, I get introduced to all kinds of bands, hence Ghost Brigade.  This segment is something I never did before, but I thought it would be cool to catch up on a few things I never got around to or freshly introduced to.  If you are like me, I hope you find something you like.  Enjoy!

Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent (2013)

Killswitch Engage is a band that was never really on my radar, but I could count on them for some pretty cool songs off each album; not to mention one cover I am really fond of.  In fact, by the time I heard of the band I didn’t even realize they were on a second vocalist in Howard Jones.  So, when I heard Jesse Leach was returning to the band I barely noticed there was ever much of a difference from the old to the most recent of their albums at the time.  When news of the latest album broke, I figured I would get around to it…well, that time is now.

I have to say my generalized opinion has changed a bit from my previous position.  I rather enjoy the new work.  I still only hear barely a difference in vocal style from Jones back to Leach, but music I find more attractive than past endeavors from Killswitch camp.  I felt most of their songs were a bit choppy whereas the Disarm the Descent has a smoother cadence and flow. Overall, a little bummed I didn’t grab it upon release, but I am happy to have it now and have given it several pleasurable spins.

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Album Review: Witches of Doom – Obey


downloadAlbum:  Obey

Genre:  Hard Rock, Stoner, Goth

Songs:  9

Length:  46 Minutes

Albums:  This is their debut album

Release:  April 2014

From:  Italy

Label:  Sliptrick Records

FFO:  Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, The Cult, Sisters of Mercy, Moonspell, and a stoner band of your choice. Read the rest of this entry