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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2013, #10 – #6

MetalCatI haven’t referred to my list of top albums of 2013 that I posted on Metal State at the end of last year. I don’t need to because I know it’s markedly different to my current sets of year-by-year hit parades. This series has featured my favourite songs, not albums. It hasn’t included non-metal, whereas my top albums list did.

I set another condition for myself at the start of this exercise, which has been a wonderfully enjoyable game. To spread the pleasure among the artists who’ve given me so much pleasure over the years, I chose only one song per year per artist. There too I’ve been arbitrary at times. There are albums so good that just about any song would be a contender for top song by that artist.

No doubt my lists would look different if I re-did them in a year’s time. Music shapes itself to our moods.


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Hilarious Videos: Red Fang – Crows In Swine

Wasted angel
Broken halo
Wings of emerald
Empty bottles

Lost for time
Soaked in brine
Nickeled and dimed
Crows and swine

Burned out all doubt
Take back your skin
You’ve been broken
No light to fail

Lost for time
Soaked in brine
Nickeled and dimed
Crows in swine



Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2011, #12 – #9

MetalCatPart 1: “Nayh,” I hear a few of you say in strange accents, “you’re revealing your other true colours. Yesterday was all prog metal. Today it’s almost all folk metal. You’re just a Simon & Garfunkel in a dirndl that would look much better on a Vraulein with less hair on her knees.”




Laura Binder, Sarah Layssac, Masha Scream

Part 2: Have I mentioned that I love Laura <3 Binder of Dalriada?
Part 3: Have I mentioned that I love Sarah <3 Layssac of Arkan?
Part 4: Have I mentioned that I love Masha <3 Scream of Arkona?

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Comedy Metal Video: Sonata Antartika – Check In

I’ve just happened upon this band during one of my many random trawling expeditions. The band is Greek and, from their name alone, they are literally poles apart from Sonata Arctica. They play melodic death metal (of sorts) with clean vocals (i.e. no growling). The band themselves call their music comedy metal.

This song is such good fun, and the video is so enjoyably silly, that I have to share it with you beautiful people (except for WarpRider and RiffRaff, who are vewwy handsome rather than beautiful; Irmelinis makes up for that by being as beautiful as three people). Behind the frolics, however, there is some damn fine musicianship in action here. As for the vocals by Boutos, just wait until the closing bars. His range is extraordinary.

This is possibly the happpiest death metal I’ve heard. Like the band? Meet them on Facebook.


Middle Eastern Magic: Narjahanam – Hushood AlNar

NarjahanamOriental metal covers a great deal of territory, both musically and geographically. For most metal fans it remains an untapped source of excellent music.

Various Oriental metal bands play just about every kind of metal. The bands come from North Africa, the Middle East, India, South-East Asia, China and Japan. Some top-class Western bands do super Oriental metal too. What usually characterises any Oriental metal is the fusion of Western metal with ethnic musical structures, melodies, themes and/or instruments.

I’m sure I’m half Arab as well as half Jewish, half Zulu, half German, half Hindu, half Irish, half Viking, half Ginger Tabby Cat and half of other nationalities that can’t do arithmetic with fractions. Arab music in any form makes me tingle. When it’s Arab metal, I tingle with considerable vigour.

For your listening pleasure and delight, I’d like to feature many Oriental metal bands from different countries. First up is Narjahanam, from Bahrain. The flavour of their death metal is delicious.


New Music Video: Hybrid Circle – The Impossible

Hybrid CircleThoroughly modern metal. That’s what the Italian outfit Hybrid Circle have been delivering since their first album in 2008. “The Impossible” is a brand-new video of a track on their fourth album, “A Matter Of Faith”, released at the end of June.

“The Impossible” is an excellent example of Hybrid Circle’s rich musical style. Listed as technical metal, it’s a delectable blend of post progressive rock infused with flavours of Swedish death. The music alternates hard growls with sweet clean vocals, knitted together by really slick instrumentation and a tight rhythm section. You want top-quality Italian flair? Hybrid Circle have it.

The current line-up is Antonio Di Campli (vocals), Simone Di Cicco (guitar and backing vocals), Alessandro Mitelli (guitar), Giuseppe Costantino (keyboard and samples), Matteo Mucci (bass) and Vittorio Del Prete (drums).

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Music Video Revisited: Chaos – Game


For decades I’ve dreamed of doing a culinary tour of India, home of my favourite types of food. Imagine what fun it would be to combine that with a musical tour of India.

The south-western coastal state of Kerala would be a good place to start. We’d fill ourselves with something irresistible like that Kerala spicy fish, then charge off to mosh away the calories in an evening with Chaos, a home-grown thrash band which has quickly risen to prominence on the Subcontinent.

For Western metal fans, India is a largely untapped source of quality music. In thrash, Chaos deserves a much, much bigger audience in Europe and the Americas. Ask them if they play old-school or modern thrash and they’d probably answer, “Screw the tags. We play thrash our way.” They do it solidly, powerfully and splendidly.

This song comes from their debut album, “Violent Redemption”, which was a complete sell-out in India. The album will be re-issued in January. Write that down. Chaos are also planning a new album for later in 2015. Write that down too.

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Storytelling Videos: Skyharbor – Patience

From Skyharbor’s highly anticipated full length release “Guiding Lights”, out on November 10 on Basick Records. The video is magically created by Jess Cope at Owl House Studios.


“Sleep… stay asleep.

My soul yearns for one last look at you
Before I leave you here to be hidden within idyllic peace
It’s the perfect memory and I keep it close to me

Bound with wire
Cut me deep into the seams
Flow the colours of the queen
I live like I’m the only one, the fragile one that fights to survive
Crown the liar
Buried deep beneath the cross
Tainted hearts forever lost

Sweet treasure, let go of all you know
Sweet treasure, you are the one, you are my only true pleasure

Now watch me burn it all down, parasite town
Far down below it’s a fight for survival
So scared as I am of you
I’ll burn it all down, parasite town
I call this survival
So scared as I am of you, parasite town.”

Roundtable Album Review: Neverworld – Visions of Another World

Neverworld CoverLabel: Dream Demon Recordings

Release Date: 21 August 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 59 minutes

Genre: Power Metal

Studio Albums: Welcome to… (EP, 2010)

Location: UK


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Johnny Wore Black – A Cut Above (Single)

artworks-000085118344-9q8op4-t200x200On the 28th of March, Johnny Wore Black released their much anticipated debut album, “Walking Underwater Part 1.” It was full of atmospheric elements combined with dark and melancholic vocals soothing to the psyche.  Click here for the review of that album.  Just five months later…that’s now in case you are counting; a new single, ‘A Cut Above’ is upon us in preparation for, as you might have guessed…”Walking Underwater Part 2.”

While continuing with an atmospheric and emotive style, ‘A Cut Above’ is more upbeat lending itself to more of a hard rock vibe.  If you thought the sophomore album would be a continuation of this year’s earlier release, ‘A Cut Above’ certainly does not intend to let us think that.  The song will also be accompanied by a “new and intriguing video.”  No doubt, it will be interesting to see what is in store for “Walking Underwater Part 2.”  For now, their is no set date for the second installment except that we can expect “later this year” (most likely October) for the new music.  Click here to follow Johnny Wore Black and check out their progress and videos they have already released.  Head over to iTunes to pre-order today!