Category Archives: News

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

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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Various black metal releases to get excited about in 2015


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Last year was great for black and blackened metal of all varieties, we received goodies like The Great Old Ones, Infestus, Thantifaxath, Behemoth, Enthroned, Ifing, Emptiness and much more. I’m hoping this year will provide us with just as many quality releases, to make our existence darker and more uncomfortable. Just the way we like it.

The New Blacks 

*The ambitious A Forest Of Stars (progressive black) have already shared extensive information about their new album “Beware The Sword You Can Not See”, and it will contain panic, maggots, crumbling cities and mental collapse, presented in a neat package with the most gorgeous looking artwork. Out on February 27th. A taste from previous album:

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Full Album Stream: Teeth – Unremittance


Teeth CoverThis album should come with a warning: “If you turn the volume up to the ideal level for this music, which is as loud as your speakers can take without exploding, it may blast you through the wall and into the next building.” It’s that powerful and, at times, explosive.

“Unremittance” is the perfect title. The album is unremitting, brutal and hypnotic. When the guys from Teeth (based in California) gave me the streaming link, I thought I would dip in quickly to see what each track was like. That didn’t happen. It gripped me from the first chord and held me captive for the duration. Then it mind-controlled me to click replay and I listened to all of it again. The bloody thing is addictive.

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More Goodies of 2014: Schöngeist / Kreyskull / Myrkur / Slow Season / Synodik


SealThese albums all carry the Mammal Seal of Approval. So will the other Goodies of 2014 we’ll be sharing in the next few days. My seal is more powerful than the US Navy Seals and as handsome as an elephant seal.

This year we’ve reviewed close to 150 albums and posted streams, songs, videos and previews from as many again. We must have listened to about 300 other albums that we haven’t discussed. Some of those albums are more than worth mentioning as the year draws to a close.

Go on, give them a listen. They’re not presented in any order of preference.

 

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New Song: A Reason To Breathe – Dark Horse


This very musical band from Spain caught my attention with the description of their new song: “Katy Perry cover (Pop goes Punk).”

Katy Perry? Surely not. Punk? Also surely not. When you hear it, however, you’d better agree with me that this is what Katy Perry should sound like or I’ll make you go to one of her concerts. The music is also punk in the sense that you are an Ice Age hunter-gatherer. Punk is the ancestor of hardcore, hardcore was the progenitor of post hardcore, and the band has modified the gene pool  further with the addition of electro-metal influences.

A Reason To Breathe is Drean (vocals and synth), Mota (bass), Ruben (a guitar), Javi (another guitar) and Mario (drums). Two guitars add richness, hey?

Meet the band on their Facebook page.

 

Mik’s Top 16 Albums of 2014 (Part 2)


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The list continues from part 1

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