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Song of the Week – While We Sleep


An album that screams awesomeness, “Shadows of the Dying Sun” was released earlier this year and is still ringing in my years.  End of year list contender?  I think so!  ‘While We Sleep’ was the first single accompanied by this cool video.  For those that haven’t heard the album yet, this is one of the more tame songs.  For a dose of exquisite blast beats check out ‘Black Heart Rebellion.”  It is sure to knock your socks off.  Overall, an outstanding album.  Click here to check out the review back on 1 May.  Have a great week.

Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #10 & #9


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!

10.  Mr. Scary – Dokken

I have probably said it a million times so one more won’t kill ya.  Dokken was of my favorite bands from the 80s.  I always had a fondness for their music.  Though they did get glam or remained on the fringes of glam (mostly), I thought Dokken’s music was a cut above the rest and it’s pretty much due to George Lynch’s guitar work.  I feel lucky I got to see them one time live…the opening act for my first ever concert actually.  This song appears on Back for the Attack from 1987.

9.  Bombay Vindaloo – Dream Theater

The first time I heard this song was on a live album I picked up called Live at the Marquee.  After doing minimal research on it because I have never seen this song on an actual album, it turns out this track was improvisation based and was played live less than 10 times.  The live recording was released in 1993.  I happen to have the European released which has Surrounded whereas the Japanese release instead has Another Day.  These songs are the only difference on the live 6-track album.  It’s a cool thing to have if you are a Dream Theater enthusiast.

(Retro) Roundtable Review: Cradle of Filth – Midian


large2191Label:  The End Records

Release Date:  14 Nov 2000

Songs:   11

Length:  59 Minutes

Genre:  Extreme / Gothic / Symphonic / Black / Metal

Studio Albums:   They have 11 studio albums (including the 2014 remaster), Midian is their 4th.

Location:  United Kingdom Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: SepticFlesh – Titan


Septicflesh-Titan-01Label:  Prosthetic Records

Release Date:  23 Jun 2014

Songs:   15

Length:  72 Minutes

Genre:  Symphonic Death/Black Metal

Studio Albums:   This is their 9th studio album

Location:  Greece Read the rest of this entry

Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #12 & #11


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!

12.  Implements of Destruction – Chimaira

For the first minute and 20 seconds, the song starts off sounding like it is going to remain a bit flowery, then it takes on a much more sinister tone incorporating speed and thrash with lengthy, frequent guitar solos.  In essence, you get a little taste of the many different tempos and styles Chimaira puts into their songs rolled up into one prolonged instrumental song.  This clip comes from their very well produced DVD Coming Alive.

11.  Genesis – Ghost

For many reasons, I really enjoy Ghost’s music to include their stage presence.  Genesis off of the Opus Eponymous album I thought was interesting because it sounds like it could be the song during the closing credits of a movie like Salem’s Lot or Phantasm.  It has a consistent rhythm and also sounds like it could have been recorded during the era of both of the movies I mentioned…a bit of retro appeal.

Roundtable EP Review: Fire Red Empress – Paint Me The Devil


Paint Me The Devil CoverLabel:  Polarian

Release Date:  19 Jun 2014

Songs:   3

Length:  14 Minutes

Genre:  Stoner Rock

Studio Albums:   N/A

Location:  United Kingdom Read the rest of this entry

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

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

Location:  New Jersey, U.S. Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls


Judas-Priest-Redeemer-of-SoulsRecord Label: Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Release Date: 8 July 2014

Songs:  18 (on deluxe edition)

Length: 84 minutes (deluxe edition)

Style:  It’s Judas Priest

Albums:  Seventeen

Nationality:  United Kingdom

For fans of: Metal

What is there to say about such a storied band?  Formed in the sixties and still kicking it Judas Priest style.  They sound great, that’s for sure.  I have read a few things about how “heavy” this album would be, but personally it just sounds like Judas Priest.  There are some moments heavier than others, but nothing that supersedes the high-octane of Freewheel Burning, Ram It Down, or Painkiller.  The lack of those types of songs doesn’t make Redeemer of Souls any less satisfying.  In fact, the album is quite satisfying and highly representative of what you would expect from the band.  It’s all around heavy, rhythmic, and energetic. Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Eira – Lacrimosa


lacrimosaRecord Label:  Self-Released

Release Date:  30 June 2014

Songs:  9

Length:  65 Minutes

Style:  Technical/Progressive Death Metal and in some cases…Blackened.

Albums:  This is their debut album.  EP A Death Painted Portrait in 2012

Nationality:  United States, Buffalo, NY

For fans of: Opeth, Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir Read the rest of this entry