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: 1996 / #2 and #1


MetalCatCenturies separate my top two songs of 1996. One of them draws on folk music roots going back – what’s a long period of time? – yonks. The other is set in a distant future.

One of the innumerable glories of music is that it spans time as well as physical, political and other boundaries. Music is four-dimensional. That’s why it’s so easy to get lost in it.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #6 and #5


MetalCatIt’s confession time again. I know you all love me for my youthful grace, charm and good looks. Now you can love me even more for my honesty.

There are some bands in my hit parade that I didn’t know until somewhat later. Of course I knew Metallica – who didn’t? – in 1996, but I’d never heard of Dimmu Borgir.

Like many of you, I’ve grown to love a great number of bands by working through their discographies. That isn’t cheating. I would put Beethoven top of my hit parade for the early 19th century, and I didn’t know his music at that time either.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #8 and #7


MetalCatIt must be true that opposites attract. I live in Africa in the summer swelter and winter mildness of Zululand, South Africa. It’s never snowed here. There’s never been frost. Yet so much of the music I love comes from the frozen north or is about the myths, legends and heroes from the top of Europe.

Maybe I have Viking blood. That is questionable, though, because I get seasick.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #10 and #9


MetalCatBlack & Doom. That’s a formula to make me happy, although I prefer the melodic or atmospheric forms of both genres.

I hope you find both of these songs to be as uplifting as Dark Metal Cat and I do.

 

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #2 and #1


MetalCatHow many types of metal should one person like? Is it possible to like all of them? I say yes if the music matters, not the genre label. With that I conclude 1995 with some polka music and some Bing Crosby.

Well, not really, but I have to write something to lure in the people who wish Bing Crosby had sung polka music.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #4 and #3


MetalCatOil and water, that’s what we have today. First, viscous sludge that oozes through cracks and fissures deep underground; then hard rock, which has become the modern pop music of metal people.

Dark Metal Cat says actual pop music causes global warming because it’s all hot air. Cats are bad at making analogies.

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #6 and #5


MetalCatDark Metal Cat says I should post only the intro to my hit parade stuff on the home page and put the songs on a turn-page so that (a) I don’t use up the first three screens of the home page and (b) he can be on the home page.

I had 1995′s #10 and #9 yesterday. I am not skipping #8 and #7. I did them last week by mistake because of solar flares and asteroid belts and the Oort Cloud and such phenomena.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #10 and #9


My 1995 kicks off with two bands I’ve loved for two decades. OK, Ayreon is a project, not a band as such, but you know what I mean.

1995, #10: Ayreon – Sail Away To Avalon

Album: The Final Experiment
Country: Netherlands
Genre: Prog Metal

 

1995, #9: Monster Magnet – Dopes to Infinity

Album: Dopes To Infinity
Country: USA
Genre: Stoner Metal

 

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1994 / #6 and #5


The hit parade of the last one-third of my life continues. So does the last one-third of my life, I’m pleased to say. I have to live for a looong time because the world is so full of beautiful music.

1994, #6: Amorphis – Magic and Mayhem

Album: Tales from the Thousand Lakes
Country: Finland
Genre: Progressive Death Metal

 

1994, #5: Corrosion of Conformity – Deliverance

Album: Deliverance
Country: USA
Genre: Sludge Metal

 

 

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1994 / #8 and #7


I see I royally screwed up yesterday. I posted my #8 and #7 for 1995, not 1994. I’ll edit that post to show the correct year. Here are the songs I should have used for 1994.

1994, #8: In Flames – Lunar Strain

Album: Lunar Strain
Country: Sweden
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

 

1994, #7: Vanden Plas – My Crying

Album: Colour Temple
Country: Germany
Genre: Prog Metal