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Album Review: Cavalera Conspiracy- Blunt Force Trauma


The review for the Cavalera Conspiracy album is here.

I have had this album for a little while now, and I have made every effort to listen to it whenever I can.

First, I want to give a quick overview of Cavalera Conspiracy’s first album, Inflikted, released in March of 2008.  The Inflikted album was great, and it really was a solid groove metal album.  But there was something I didn’t like about the album.  I guess the biggest problem I had with the Inflikted album was that most of the songs had a bunch of atmosphere-type add-ons to the songs, artificially lengthening the song without substance.  It became a little frustrating when it came to making a mix for running or working out.  There would be this great song, but it would end with a minute of noise.  Other than that, the album was great.

Fast forward three years to their newest release, Blunt Force Trauma, releasing this month.  I was very excited to get a hold of this album.  It was definitely one of my top five anticipated albums of the year (so far). 

The first thing I will say about this album is that it is a good album.  There are some groove metal songs as well as a lot of thrash metal riffing.  Cavalera Conspiracy must have had a lot of people tell them to knock off all the atmosphere stuff on a thrash album, and they listened.  There are no songs with any of the long-winded atmosphere, which means it is straight music from beginning to end. 

The album has 11 songs, 1 of those songs being a 1:51 thrash snippet (Torture).  The album itself is only 34 minutes long, with the longest track being “Genghis Khan” at 4:23.  Whether you think this is a good or bad length for the album is up for debate, but I think they could have squeezed another song or two on the album. 

When I say this is a good album, it is mainly because there is 34 minutes of music, and all the music on the album is good.  That being said, every song has parts that I really like, but every song has parts that I don’t like.  It’s kind of a weird feeling listening to a song only to wait for the part of the song that I like.  Overall, though, I liked the album.  The musicianship on this album is great, and it shows an improvement from the last album, almost like they went out of their way to make it a little more technical.  Some specific parts on the album that I like- 1) the voiceover-type lyrics in “Genghis Khan” is reminiscent of old Sepultura stuff, 2) the guest vocals of Roger Miret of Agnostic Front on “Lynch Mob” (who I have never heard before but I like,) 3) the syncopated vocals in the title track.  Like I said, parts of songs were great for me. 

So, in conclusion, I give Cavalera Conspiracy’s Blunt Force Trauma 4 out of 5 devil horns.  A solid album, but I guess I just expected more.

Agree or Disagree?  Chime in.  All are welcome. 

Have a great day.

Yungvirticus on Hiatus


Hello Metalheads,

Just a quick note that I will be on a temporary hiatus while I am studying for promotion.  My friends Plantera7 and Housebroken will shoulder the load while I am away.  I may pop in to give my review of the new Cavalera Conspiracy album.  I should be back in full swing on the 29th, which is the day after I test.  Wish me luck.  Or don’t.  Whatever.

By the way, I have been thinking of giving a name to give our fans/subscribers.  I think you should have a title that identifies you as a metal state citizen.  If you have any suggestions, post them.  My idea is “Angsters”, because if there is one thing metalheads have and know a lot about, it’s Angst. 

See you soon.  Let the metal flow.

Song of the Day, 16 March 2011, R**k the Vote


Hello Everyone,

Before I post the SOTD, I want to say welcome to our new metal brother, atleastimhousebroken.  I know he will do great things for our humble blog.  It is always awesome to meet someone who not only has the same interests, but also is not shy about expressing themselves.  Welcome to the team, sir. 

Today’s SOTD is “R**k the Vote” by Carcass, from the album Swansong.

I only own two Carcass albums, Swansong and Heartwork.  And I have to say, the difference between these two albums is staggering.  When Michael Amott left Carcass, their sound changed dramatically.  That being said, both albums kick serious ass.  I can hear a more groove-grind feel with the Swansong album, while Heartwork is a little more death-thrash. 

I chose this song because I like the intro to the song.  The guitar part throughout is great, and the whole song is pretty straightforward.  I have come to realize that I am very partial to groove-metal songs and artists, which may be why I prefer the Swansong album over Heartwork.

Song of the Day, 14 March 2011, Helldorado


Hello Everyone,

Another Monday is upon us, which means the weekend is long gone.  Sometimes I wish there were 8 days in a week, so Monday would come around less frequently.  Anyways, I hope everyone is doing well.

Today’s SOTD is “Helldorado” by W.A.S.P., from their album Helldorado.

I must admit, this is the only W.A.S.P. album I own.  I purchased it on a whim many years ago, before the internet made browsing for music simple.  It is hard to define what kind of music this song is.  It is heavy, of course, but the guitar sound makes me want to call this “Rockabilly Metal.”  Nevertheless, Blackie Lawless’s voice is one of the most recognizable in the business.  I like this song because it is unlike any other I have in my collection.  I appreciate unique music.  Don’t get me wrong, the music has to be good, not just unique.  I wouldn’t listen to a gorilla banging two trash can lids in a wind tunnel just because it is unique.  There is a fine line to unique and awful (as in unique for a reason).

On a side note, my thoughts go out to the people of Japan in their time of crisis.  I wish I could do something to help.  It is hard to see the news and know that people are suffering.  If you have friends or family in Japan, I hope they are doing well. 

Have a good day, everyone.

Album of the Week, 12 March 2011, Ozzmosis


Hello Everyone,

Thanks for tuning in this weekend.  Hopefully your weekend is a good one so far.  If it isn’t, know that heavy metal is always there for you. 

The album of the week is “Ozzmosis” by Ozzy Osbourne, released in October 1995.

This album was released when I was in high school (Sorry if that makes you feel older).  I was a huge Ozzy fan during my high school days.  This is probably one of the best albums that came out that year, and for me, this is the last truly great Ozzy Osbourne  album.  I thought Black Rain was okay, but nothing beats this album for me.  This is a really good album from beginning to end.  It’s not perfect, but it is pretty close. 

This album was released when heavy metal music was still being played on daytime radio.  “Perry Mason” and “I Just Want You” were regularly on the radio.  I miss those days.  Usually you won’t hear any great metal (for the most part) until around 1 in the morning on a Wednesday.  It’s disappointing to say the least.  But I digress.

I recently read that this album was re-released in 2002 with extra tracks, but I have not heard them.  The ten tracks on the original album are enough for me.  You won’t usually find double bass blast beats on an Ozzy Osbourne album, but this is a good example of heavy rock music.  There is a lot of solid grunt on this album, and Ozzy used a varied vocal style, which gave the album some depth.  Zakk Wylde, to me, is the hero of this album, and his guitar playing on this album is outstanding.  Geezer Butler played bass for this album, how awesome is that?     

I will always respect Ozzy Osbourne.  I was a little peeved that he did his own pseudo-scripted reality show with his family, but I admire the fact that he is still around making albums, even though I may not like them.  You have to admire the fact that he is still around period.   

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Song of the Day, 10 March 2011, F*ck You


There are many bands that have a song with this title.  And why wouldn’t they?  Sometimes this is the only way to express something beyond “cilivized” words.  While we as a society are desensitized to almost anything, it seems some terms or expressions still carry a lot of weight.  This is one of them.  

The Song of the Day is “F*ck You” by Damageplan, from their album New Found Power.   

I am not sure why I censored the song title.  It’s just words, after all.

I have to admit, when it comes to Damageplan, I am definitely of two minds, for obvious reasons.  But, this is a great song, with a hook that gets stuck in my head whenever I hear it.  While Damageplan may not have had the same punch as Pantera, they were a pretty decent band.  Then again, why would they want to sound like Pantera?  Critics would have jumped all over them if they did.

Have a great day everyone.    Only one more day until the weekend.

Song of the Day, 8 March 2011 – Semblance of Liberty


Hello Everyone,

Today’s SOTD is a good one.  I recently picked up this album, and I really like it.  This band really incorporates a lot of elements into their music, and it makes them a really great band. 

Today’s SOTD is “Semblance of Liberty” by Epica, from the album Design Your Universe

I got into these guys by listening to the Divine Conspiracy album, and this one is even better.  I like the mix of clean female vocals and growls.  This album has a lot more guitar-driven songs, but there is still a good mix of symphonic elements throughout the album.  They have a new album coming out in 2012, and I really think it sucks that I have to wait a year to hear it.  Epica are a great power symphonic band, and they are definitely underrated. 

Have a listen, and let me know what you think (If you can spare a few minutes).

Up the irons.

Metal State’s 200th Post


Hello Everyone,

I am very happy to announce that this is Metal State’s 200th post.  I want to thank everyone that has visited, whether you visit once a week or once a month.  Our small concept blog has really turned into something substantial and meaningful to metalheads around the world (I can only imagine).  

Since we have had so much success, we are now in the market for some help in the form of additional contributors.  This can range from a guest SOTD to a full-time contributor.  If you think you might be interested in helping us out, read on:

If you would like to post your Song of the Day on Metal State, please send an email to metalstate@yahoo.com with your name, location, your song of the day, and anything else you want people to know.  I will input your SOTD in, and voila, you are now credited with a SOTD. 

If you would like to become a regular contributor to the site, please send an email to metalstate@yahoo.com with a short narrative as to why you would like to be a contributor.  Nothing too crazy or specific, just a couple of sentences as to your metal mindset, and why you would like to help.  We will then get you familiar with the inner workings of our blog, and cut you loose to bring more metal to the masses.

I sincerely hope to hear from some of you soon.  Metal State is growing, and we need to adjust our core personnel as such.  Thanks again for stopping in, and we hope to see you again soon.

Song of the Day- 4 March 2011, JATO Unit


Happy Friday Everyone,

Today’s SOTD is by someone for which I have a great deal of admiration and respect.  Of course, it helps that this talented musician is from one of my favorite bands, and is so metal that it spills over into his solo album. 

I think I posted a SOTD from this guy before, but I don’t remember when or what is was.  No matter.  It’s all metal!

The Song of the Day for 4 March 2011 is “JATO Unit” by Jeff Loomis, from the album Zero Order Phase.

Sometimes when a musician breaks away from their respective band, it can cause problems in the band.  This is not the case.  If anything, this has made me like Nevermore all the more, since the band is open to letting their members pursue other options.  Warrel Dane has done it with a solo album, and Jeff Loomis has as well.  I think the drummer Van Williams also has a side project called PureSweetHell.  I heard that a while back, but I am not sure it is still true.  If anyone wants to do some research and get back to me on this, I’ll give you some metal state cash, which is basically respect. 

Have a great metal weekend, damned ones.

Song of the Day, 2 March 2011- Slowly We Rot


Greetings Metalheads,

I am here on location in Brugges, Belgium covering the Extreme Metal Fest 2011.  Not really, just here on a quick trip.  Luckily, I have internet access, so the SOTD continues without coverage.

Today’s SOTD is “Slowly We Rot” by Obituary, from their first album Slowly We Rot

This is a pretty good tune from a very unique metal band.  This track is also on their live album, ironically called “Dead”.  While I like this band a great deal, I was not too impressed with their comeback album “Frozen in Time”, but the tracks on the live album are great, as well as their “Back From the Dead” album. 

Have a great day, everyone.