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Album Review: Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor


51GfuKen80L._SY300_Album:  The Pale Emperor

Label:  Hell, Etc.

Release Date:  20 Jan 2015

Length (deluxe edition):  66 Minutes

Songs:  13

Previous Albums:  8 studio albums

Genre:  Shock Rock / Industrial / Alternative

Location:  United States  Read the rest of this entry

RoundTable Review: Sylosis – Dormant Heart


sylosis-dormant-heart-300x300Album:  Dormant Heart

Label:  Nuclear Blast

Release Date:  13 Jan 2015

Songs:   14 (including two bonus tracks)

Length:  67 Minutes

Genre:  Death/Thrash

Studio Albums:  2 EPs plus Conclusion of an Age (2008), Edge of the Earth (2011), Monolith (2012) 

Location:  Reading, Berkshire, England  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Lord Dying – Poisoned Altars


poisonedaltars_1500Album:  Poisoned Altars

Release Date:  27 Jan 2015 (US); 23 & 26 Jan 2015 EU and World

Label:  Relapse

Songs:  8

Length:  37 Minutes

Genre:  Sludge / Doom / Metal!

Sounds Like:  Crowbar / Mastodon / High On Fire / Red Fang / Black Tusk

Location:  Portland, OR USA Read the rest of this entry

A Metal State of Mind’s Slightly New Direction For 2015


scanners-originalReaders, bands, artists, publicists, and friends; 2014 was a great year for metal in both quality and quantity.  We greatly appreciate your support!  We did as much as we could…reviewing enough material for an album review just about every other day in addition to other articles.  We were literally posting, in most cases, multiple articles a day.  Seriously, who has time to read all that?  Between roundtable reviews and solo reviews…all that metal kept us busy.  Having said that, here is what we have in store for 2015.

We are adopting a new policy of less is more.  It sounds cliché I know, but really we need to prevent burnout.  There is just too much music to review and no matter how hard we try, the list of “albums pending” continuously expands.  The first order up for business is reducing the total amount of album reviews to somewhere around a couple per week; sometimes more, sometimes less.  We will also be curbing our frequency of roundtable reviews.  Though they are fun and offer multiple opinions on the same album, we all live in different countries and coordinating such a review takes a bit of effort.

These new site modifications do not mean we will stop talking about you.  We want to listen to your music and talk about it, but spreading the gospel of metal is going to come in various forms as well as album reviews.  Sometimes we may just post your new album or video directly to A Metal State of Mind or feed it to one of our social media outlets.  We might feature your band as an album stream or album stream of the week.  We are going to focus on strong, though less frequent album reviews.  In the end, we hope to offer more discussion or opinion pieces, lists, themed articles; basically more things to engage with you as a loyal reader.

We hope you’ll be hanging around with us in 2015.  We look forward to another year of increased viewership and subscriptions.  Thank you so much for hanging out with us and talking about something we all have in common; metal!  Thank you so much for following us into our fifth year!

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Game Review: Sherlock Holmes – Crimes & Punishments


thumbnailTitle:  Sherlock Holmes:  Crimes & Punishments

Console reviewed:  Xbox One

Developer:  Frogwares

Release Date:  (latest) 3 Oct 14

Style:  Adventure

Mode:  Single Player

Similarities to:  L.A. Noire, CSI

Despite being released in the latter part of 2014, this is my first 2015 gaming victory courtesy of Santa Claus.  Solving crimes as Sherlock Holmes not only tested my aptitude, but my moral virtue.  You see, this game allows you to be lazy and hasty…to a certain point.  There are about a half-dozen crimes to solve and for each one there are multiple outcomes…quite a few possibilities actually.  In the end, you can actually put an innocent person in prison, hence the test of moral virtue.  Will you ignore the clues to “get your man” and close the file or will you be thorough and ensure justice is served appropriately?  The choice is really up to you.  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Johnny Wore Black – Walking Underwater Part II


walkingunderwaterpt2Album:  Walking Underwater Part II

Release Date:  26 Nov 2014

Songs: 10

Genre:  Alternative / Alt Rock

Previous Albums:  Walking Underwater Part I (2014)

Location:  England  Read the rest of this entry

Free Games on Xbox This Month (Jan 2015)


For those who have Xbox One and/or Xbox 360; here are a few games ready for download for free if you are a Gold subscriber.  Enjoy these clips.  Personally, the D4 game looks interesting.  Anyone play it yet?

Xbox One:

Xbox 360:

Reggie’s Top 10 Non-Metal Things of 2014 Part II of II


imageOther than metal, I like other things in the entertainment industry.  Usually, videogames occupy a considerable about of my time, but this year it was binge watching lots of TV.  As with my other end-year entertainment lists, not everything here was specifically a 2014 release.  It is on this list because it is new to me though I think you will find that the final season of most things here are from 2014.  What else do you like besides metal and music?  This edition is part 2 of 2 featuring #5-1.

5.  True Detective – TV – HBO

Having Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey certainly helps draw in viewers.  Besides the fact that they are on board and I believe producing it, the storytelling was excellent.  The show takes place over eight episodes and focuses on one case that forever changes the character’s lives.  It comes from the perspective of interviews and flashbacks.  The show is graphic, dark, twisted, and pretty much everything you would expect from HBO and then some.  From what I heard, each season will feature new actors and a new story…the next one allegedly featuring Colin Farrell.  Sounds like another winner in the making.

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RoundTable Roundup – Metal State’s Top 15 of 2014!


tech-trends-2014By now you may have seen our individual end-of-year best albums.  If not, our main page is littered with individual lists of what rocked our worlds this year.  Please, check it out.  For those who stopped by, you probably noticed that we at Metal State have varied taste in metal.  Only a few albums made it across multiple annual lists.  Having said that, another list is about to get thrown into the mix; a first for this website.

Throughout the year we put together collective reviews we coined as “roundtable” reviews.  With all four reviewers providing comments on these reviews, we present to you our Top 15, strictly by the numbers.  It is worth noting that some of our roundtable reviews sometimes only include three of four reviewers.  To be fair, we left those albums off this list.  This Top 15 reflects only those albums where all of us could provide comments.  Read the rest of this entry

Reggie’s Top 10 Non-Metal Things of 2014 Part I of II


imageOther than metal, I like other things in the entertainment industry.  Usually, videogames occupy a considerable about of my time, but this year it was binge watching lots of TV.  As with my other end-year entertainment lists, not everything here was specifically a 2014 release.  It is on this list because it is new to me though I think you will find that the final season of most things here are from 2014.  What else do you like besides metal and music?  This edition is part 1 of 2 featuring #10-6. 

10.  The Walking Dead Season 2 – Xbox One 

Not a big year in gaming for this guy.  I played some fun ones, but the only one that grabbed with me with the storyline is The Walking Dead Season 2 (five episodes).  The sequel to the stunner of a Telltale game is a pretty solid game.  Of course, lots of dialogue and decision-making allow for an immersive experience.  My only beef with the game are that the episodes are too short.  Otherwise, it’s not as great as the first season, but still quite fun to play and worth continuing this zombie experience.

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