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News that we pick up from the web, or news with the blog site.

Atmospheric Videos: The Sun Explodes – The Unnatural


It’s not the first time we write about the brilliance of a little band called The Sun Explodes, a progressive metal/rock act from Carlisle, UK. Their adventurous album “We Build Mountains” was one of my favourite releases in 2013, and these guys are finally back with more music to caress and impress our ears. Here’s the first single from the upcoming EP, accompanied by a beautiful, atmospheric video that smoothly emphasizes the strong melancholic emotions in the song.

“The Calm, The Storm” EP is released on May 18 and front man Dave Maclachlan gives us a good picture of what it’s about:

“Expect some big hooky chorus’, the occasional techy riff, and plenty of self-indulgent grandiose. Remember when you had some good food and you were all like, f**king hell this is so good, why doesn’t all food taste this good?! That’s us, but we’re a band not a food.”

No, he’s not just bragging. It’s actually true.

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Album Review & Interview: Southern Front – Death Throes


sothern_front_-_death_throesAlbum:  Death Throes

Label:  N/A

Release:  1 Nov 14

Songs:  8

Length:  28 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash/Death

Previous Albums:  Join or Die (2010); Seasons of Hate EP (2012)

FFO:  Lamb of God, Testament, Exodus, Pantera

Location:  Austin, Texas, USA

For those that feel an album must be of a certain length, Southern Front’s Death Throes is probably going to disappoint you before it even begins.  It’s a quick album and you’ll have to get used to it.  Southern Front is not about pumping their albums full of anything irrelevant.  Therefore, it’s quality over quantity on this one.  It’s just metal and quite heavy metal at that.  I’ll admit it even falls a bit short on whether I would call Death Throes an album or an EP, but for eight songs and the punch they pack, it’s an album.  Following up their Seasons of Hate EP, Death Throes is a no frills experienced mixed with growling (Lamb of God-like) vocals, copious double bass drumming, and enough guitar solos that give them a more thrashy edge. Read the rest of this entry

Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for March: Part 1/2


SC logoOur good friends at Sonic Cathedral have reviewed 12 albums since our February digest. SC covered a lot of different types of music, from alternative and prog rock to death metal, all featuring female vocalists. Sonic Cathedral is a destination all FF metal and rock bands and fans should know about and visit.

Thanks again, SC, for sharing your coverage and the summaries of every review!

We’re posting a song from each album. This round-up will be in two parts ‘cos we don’t wont to super-saturate you with top-class FF music. As a digression, that reminds of an answer some chemistry student gave in a test. Q: What is a super-saturated solution? A: A solution that holds more than it can hold.

 

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EP stream: Isolert – Isolated Soul


IsolertTwo Greek guys, Nick S. and Panos T., dropped us a line about their demo EP, now available from Bandcamp. These two guys are the complete line-up of Isolert, and they work at the speed of light.

They formed Isolert earlier this year. Already they’ve completed their three-track demo and had the cover art completed for the EP. Geez, it takes me three weeks just to decide I need to buy more coffee.

Their music is atmospheric, melodic black metal that makes me want to slap my speakers. Both speakers look so pleased and smug when Isolert is coming out of them, the superior little bastards. If I did that I’d also have to slap my eardrums for looking so smug and satisfied when Isolert goes into them.

Panos T. (full name Panagiotis Tsiglifis) is the guitarist. Nick S. (Nick Sidiropoulos) plays the drums. They both do vocals. Together they sound like five people. That may mean I’ll have to go to Greece and slap all five of both of them if they’re not already well into the planning of their debut album, because I want more of their music.

Meet Isolert on Facebook. Their page on Bandcamp where you can listen to the full demo offers the EP for “name your price”. May I gently suggest that if you like them enough to download them, you give them some money too. They won’t object.

Mammal’s FREE!!! song pick: The Deadstation – Limitless, Or So It Seems


Episode 1When I reviewed The Deadstation’s debut EP last year, I asked two questions: “Where are they hiding the rest of their albums?” and: “Why aren’t there more?” I gave the EP a top rating. It’s superb prog metal.

Yesterday the band posted a Bandcamp stream of a song they’re offering to give away. You do have the option of naming your price, and I’m sure the band won’t moan if you’d like to pay something for the download. However, they want their music to reach lots of people, and giving away an excellent song is one way they’re doing this.

Check out the free download at Bandcamp. Then meet The Deadstation on Facebook. They are Shjon Thomas (guitar, bass and vocals), Ryan Mattheu (guitar) and Greg Murphy (lead vocals and drums). One of their favourite hobbies seems to be interacting with fans.

 

Album Review: Arcane – Known/Learned


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Release Date: January 20th, 2015 on Sensory Records

Tracks: 2 discs, 16 tracks

Length: A little over 2 hours

Genre: Progressive metal

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Previous releases: Ashes 2007, Chronicles of the Waking Dream 2009

Recommended for fans of:  Pain of Salvation, Dream Theater, Caligula’s Horse, Fates Warning, Anathema

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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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Various progressive metal releases to get excited about in 2015


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This is only a small selection of the best upcoming progressive rock/metal releases, some that have already been announced and others from bands who are working on new material.

*It’s been almost four years since the last Symphony X and now it’s time for their ninth work of art to reach our ears. The band says they are going back to their older sound, a mix of previous albums “The Odyssey” and “Paradise Lost” (those are not very old…), less heavy,  more melodic and classic sounding. Interesting! It’s set for an early 2015 release. Listen to older Symphony X.

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*A couple of days ago I read a claim that “Australian prog will take over the world”, and felt there’s hope for a bright future after all! Arcane are contributing to this cause, after a successful crowd funding campaign, with their ambitious 2-disc concept album “Known/Learned”, fronted by Caligula’s Horse’s brilliant vocalist Jim Grey. The songs are divided on two discs – the first one being on the heavy, traditional side of prog and the second goes into lighter acoustic/folk songs. A deep, thoughtful story of a father and his daughter on a bittersweet journey through life. Release date: January 20th.

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Artists’ Top Albums of 2014: Part 4/5


StatueOur hyperspace pigeon is home and he’s back to his old game of tormenting statues. He hates them because they always get in the way in mosh pits. Not only that, but statues never take a bath or shower, not even after pigeons have done what pigeons usually do to them.

The pigeon visited the strange world of Metal Sucks to thank their prime aliens, Vince and Axl, for graciously sharing their lists of metal musicians’ favourite albums of 2014. He questioned whether it was acceptable to use “graciously” and “metal” in the same sentence. We told him to ask Dave Mustaine. We don’t know how Mr. Mustaine replied, but our pigeon has some ruffled hyperfeathers. Now we have to lubricate his wings with molten iridium, the heaviest naturally occurring metal on the Periodic Table.

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Various thrash and death metal releases to get excited about in 2015


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Thrashy and Heavy Shreds 

*Sci-fi thrashers Vektor have been writing on a new album for quite some time now. There’s no hint of a release date, they are still finishing up everything and we can only hope for another exhilarating Vektor space odyssey soon. In the meantime, here’s from previous masterpiece “Outer Isolation”

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*Angelus Apatrida is the name of an excellent thrash act from Spain, giving us their fifth riffage opus “Hidden Evolution” on January 19th.

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