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.

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #8 – #7


MetalCatIt’s a dark, moonless night in my home territory of Zululand tonight. It’s a perfect setting for two different kinds of black metal in this installment of my hit parade.

Dark Metal Cat thinks I can’t see him when he prowls through the garden on nights like this. Ha! All I have to do is follow the lead from his guitar.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #10 – #9


MetalCatMy opening selections for 2001 unrelentingly show what a musical hybrid I am. I’m grateful the other Metal State writers tolerate me. They probably do so only because of my youthful, boyish charm and my vast wealth.

Number 10 is prog metal but it could fit comfortably in a classic prog rock set. Number 9 is undeniably metal but its opening minute and the string interludes could be classic heavy prog.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #3 – #1


MetalCatIt does happen. The three songs I’ve chosen as my top favourites of 2000 all feature clean singing. I’m not particularly biased towards either dark or clean vocals, although most of the metal I listen to these days does have plenty of growling.

Dark Metal Cat has a growling purr and a clean sandbox.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #6 – #4


MetalCatIt should be obvious why Dark Metal Cat put one of today’s songs on the iPod and played it until the battery died. Now, while I’m linking to the other two songs, he’s listening to “Eye of the Tiger”.

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #9 – #7


MetalCatI listen to huge amounts of melodic death and progressive metal. Nu metal isn’t a genre I follow closely. When a good song happens along, however, it sticks.

Dark Metal Cat also doesn’t follow nu metal closely. He does, however, follow a huge number of mice and geckos.

Don’t dare tell him he can’t follow a tune. He has very, very big, sharp claws.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #12 – #10


MetalCatToday’s selection is doomy and black. That’s the sort of music that soothes me and makes Dark Metal Cat happy enough to stop ripping the furniture apart. I would clip his claws if I had tungsten clippers. He goes through about four sets of strings per gig.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #15 – #13


MetalCatI’m celebrating the last year of the 20th century by choosing 15 songs, not the usual ten, for 2000. That was the year I turned 50. It feels like 14 years ago.

Dark Metal Cat hadn’t been born yet. He maintains he has always existed, if not physically, then in the deepest recess of inaccessible places. He sounds like Electric Wizard.

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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.

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1999 / #2 – #1


MetalCatI’ve done seven years of my 21-year hit parade. This is the third year where the winner is Opeth. With My Dying Bride as runner-up, it must have been a very atmospheric year.

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1999 / #4 – #3


MetalCatI don’t have a favourite genre of metal. The metal tree has branched profusely from the trunk that bore Sabbath’s doom and Maiden’s heavy metal. Just about every one of those branches has produced delicious fruit.

I do listen more to some types of metal, though. Two of the styles that I love greatly are progressive and melodic death. When I was doing my manual bubble-sort of my best songs of the last 21 years, it just happened that the pair of songs that take their turn today are both melodic death, and both come from Sweden.

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