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

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #4 and #3

MetalCatThe way my hit parade has sorted itself out with considerable assistance from Dark Metal Cat, it happens that today is a very proggy day. It also happens that both bands are exceptionally good at their styles of metal, ja?

So, herewith two monster bands in one post. Come to A Metal State Of Mind NOW!!! for bonus music at no extra charge.


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Song of the Week: Empty Yard Experiment – God Has His Reasons

Calling fans of Porcupine Tree and Airbag – if you like them, I believe you’ll like Empty Yard Experiment (EYE) very much too.

EYE is a multinational band that formed in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, in 2006. The line-up is Bojan Preradovic (vocals and rhythm guitar), Mehdi Gr (lead guitar), Kaveh Kashani (bass), Gorgin Asadi (keyboards) and Josh Saldanha (drums, percussion and backing vocals). They’ve opened for big-name bands including Metallica, Evanescence and Anathema.

The band can’t actually be pegged to a single genre such as post rock. That label gives some idea of “sounds like” but they have developed their own, highly evocative and emotive style.




Full Album Stream: Vile Regression – Empires

This one is a grabber. Tiny Tiny Cakey Kitten and I are in total agreement on that point. Empires, to be released on Monday (21 July), is the splendid follow-up to Vile Regression’s 2011 debut, The Pattern Evolves.

This Irish outfit plays extreme metal, but not merely for the sake of showing off their considerable technical prowess. They explore the dark end of the prog metal spectrum and enrich it with good melody lines, glittering instrumentation, varied harsh vocal styles, nicely calculated changes of pace and emotional interpretations. In short, this is a really cool album.


New Video Releases

With so much good metal coming out all the time, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s just arrived. Here are a few new music videos for your delectation and other big words.


Channel Zero – Duisternis

This thrash-groove song is billed as “the most Belgian song that’s ever existed.” It uses French, Dutch and English lyrics. The word “duisternis” means “darkness” in English. That’s a pretty good indication of what you’ll hear in this video. It’s taken from the album Kill All Kings, which is available now.


The Kut – Mario

The all-female trio have taken this track from their forthcoming EP, Make Up. They call their music grunge, although I’d say it’s more like post grunge. The theme of the song is described thus: “The idea of Mario was about frustration, with the industry and the scene. The concept that as kids we were made a lot of promises, but the reality is that all that’s left for us is a waste land. We are the forgotten generation.”


Unisonic – Exceptional

If you want clarity on what the new wave of heavy metal is all about and why it’s more accessible to younger metal fans, this track from Unisonic’s second album, Light of Dawn, encapsulates what you need to hear. Unisonic is a supergroup consisting of  former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, also ex-Helloween) alongside guitarist Mandy Meyer (Asia, Gotthard, Krokus), bassist Dennis Ward and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (both of Germany’s Pink Cream 69).


Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1994 / #2 and #1

It’s 1995 this week. The only reason it starts with the end of 1994 is that I cunningly posted part of 1995 instead of 1994 one day last week. How that happened can only be explained as one of the paradoxes of time travel.

1994, #2: The 3rd And The Mortal – Death Hymn

Album: Tears Laid In Earth
Country: Norway
Genre: Atmospheric Doom Metal


1994, #1: Megadeth – À Tout Le Monde

Album: Youthanasia
Country: USA
Genre: Heavy/Thrash Metal


Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1994 / #4 and #3

Both bands in this episode of my personal year-by-year parade are gigantic, enduring and bloody good, hey?

1994, #4: Orphaned Land – Seasons Unite

Album: Sahara
Country: Israel
Genre: Folk Death Metal


1994, #3: Dimmu Borgir – For All Tid

Album: For All Tid
Country: Norway
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal


Roundtable Review: Mother Of Millions – Human

album coverLabel: Turkey Vulture Records

Release Date:  February 25th, 2014

Songs:  10 tracks, 40 minutes

Genre:  Progressive metal

Studio Albums: Mother Of Millions EP 2011, this is their debut full length

Location:  Athens, Greece

For fans of: Pain of Salvation, Evergrey, Symphony X, Orphaned Land



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Roundtable Review: Scamp – The Deadcalm

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Release Date:  June 10th, 2014

Songs:  12 tracks, 1 hour

Genre:  Groove/Thrash metal

Studio Albums: Mirror Faced Mentality, 2008

Location:  Aarhus, Denmark

For fans of: Soilwork, Fear Factory, Meshuggah, Machine Head, In Flames


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No Longer Housebroken

Heya readers, just to update y’all on something non-pertinent, Atleastimhousebroken is still me, I just changed my nickname to RiffRaff because it makes my life ever so slightly easier.  That’s all.  Now,


Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #8 and #7

Continuing my personal journey through my favourite songs, year by year.

1995, #8: Nightingale – Gypsy Eyes

Album: The Bleeding Shadow
Country: Sweden
Genre: Prog Metal


1995, #7: Fu Manchu – Travel Agent

Album: Daredevil
Country: USA
Genre: Stoner Metal