Category Archives: Metal Lists
This is a section for our metal lists, i.e. top 20 bands, top 10 albums, etc. If you have a list, post it! If you disagree with us, let us know.
Two modern variations of heavy metal appear on my list today. The added richness of more complex compositions and instrumentation doesn’t always appeal to “mainstream” heavy metal fans. Regardless, the old heavy metal roots are strongly evident. In my ancient, creaking mind, there’s still not much that can beat that chunka-chunka guitar sound, the powerful riffs, the soaring solos and those high tenor vocals.
My selections today are a typically mixed bag from the trans-genre Mammal. They include los bagpipes from the Argentine Highlands, for example. Och aye, amigos. Yet again metal shows it’s universal and multinational.
If a song is both brilliant and 24 minutes long, the only way to do it justice is to post all 24 minutes of it.
Maybe I should rearrange my sets of annual hit parades and do three American bands in a row. Then we’ll each get an apple pie. Dark Metal Cat wants his with huge dollops of cream.
Not many metalheads are proggers, but Panzerballett proves that some of them are beatniks.
Today’s selections portray articulate sensitivity, shadowy depths and a lust for hectic adventure. That sounds like the psychological profile of a typical metal fan. Has anyone told you you’re a strange bunch?
Today I blithely invite the most scathing criticism from people who may assert that none of my three selections are real metal. They may say post hardcore is progressive punk, “Drone” is art rock and Sieges Even play neo-prog, not prog metal.
I asked Dark Metal Cat how he would respond. He licked himself in a place I can’t.
Finland is the most remote country on Earth. Even if you’re standing on the Finnish border, Finland is farther away than anywhere in the world and maybe on the Moon too. Finland has a small population. All they manufacture is snow, swamps, champion racing drivers and metal music.
In Finland the emphasis is clearly on quality, not quantity. How else would one explain how Finland produced my top three songs of 2004?
This is a good day for nothing more energetic than listening to music. The combination of temperature and humidity here in Zululand gives us a humiture, or heat index, of an effective 41 degrees C. That’s on the boundary between “Dangerous” and “Extremely Dangerous” for outdoor activity that requires any exertion.
The Zulu kids on the lawn in front of my office are playing football. I’ll stay here with cool music.
Today’s selections are all songs about coffee. “What Drives the Weak” – coffee works for me. “Night of the Living Dead” – that’s what it would feel like without caffeine. “The Essence” – Jamaica blue mountain, percolator ground, please.
Dark Metal Cat says the answers to those three song titles are: a dark cat chasing them; what they are when he spots them; what they taste like unless they’re smelly cicadas.