Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #12 – #10


MetalCatArjen Lucassen’s Ayreon kicks off today’s selection. I really look up to him. So does almost everyone. He is 2.03 metres tall (6 feet 8 inches). In nautical terms, he is more than a fathom deep. In astronomical terms, a beam of light that started at his toes would take approximately 0.0000000077 seconds to reach the top of his head.

Collectively, the members of Isis and Dark Moor have many more arms and legs than Arjen.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #15 – #13


MetalCatHistory, technology and fantasy make up today’s three listings. Those sound like the ingredients for a modern religion.

Dark Metal Cat agrees. He say’s it’s high time humans started worshipping cats again. I gently reminded him that I already do.

 

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Album Review: Clearing the Path to Ascend by YOB


Yob-Clearing-The-Path-To-Ascend-CoverStepping out of the office doors a surprisingly gentle breeze on a twilit summer city evening greets me.  I glance down at my watch and see I have a bit over an hour to occupy before I have to meet my wife at the train station.  She has been gone a few days on business, so I miss her quite a bit as we are rarely apart for so long.  Noticing that the city is rather empty I take the opportunity to make a slow peruse towards my destination to take in some of the finer details of Milan’s center which are usually covered with businessmen, fashion models, and tourists.  I make my way to the marble monolith which marks the epicenter of the city as I dig around in my pockets for my earphones.  Of course I will need a soundtrack for this little excursion.  Flipping through the selections I have on my phone I realize I have my yet to be listened to copy of the new YOB record sitting on there.  That should be perfect; atmospheric, shamanistic, and introspective. Read the rest of this entry

Video of the Week: Foehammer by Conan


Unfortunately, no real interesting videos go released this week.  Just ones with the band playing in a basement, abandoned warehouse, forest, etc. And you all know how much I love those.  Silver lining being, I get to dig a bit back for stuff I overlooked throughout the year.  Here’s one video and record I criminally overlooked until recently.  So, hail Crom and check out the nightmarish visuals with a crushing sludge doom soundtrack.  Also, check out the record, Blood Eagle; absolutely shattering stuff.  Enjoy!!!

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2003 / #3 – #1


MetalCatIt may seem ironic that Chimaira wins one of the top three spots in my year-by-year hit parade a week after they finally split up, supposedly for ever. They made a live come-back that reportedly drew ridiculously small audiences.

Whatever the reasons for their calling it a day, I wish all of them well. They gave me some good listening, which is ultimately all that anyone can ask of a band.

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Roundtable Review: Rise of the Northstar – Welcame


WELCAMEartLabel:  Repression Records

Release Date:  22 Sep 2014

Songs:   11

Length:  50 Minutes

Genre:  Hardcore/Thrash

Studio Albums:   This is their debut album

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Songs of the Week: Moon Above, Sun Below and Eternal Rains Will Come by Opeth


I was considering making these 2 songs the Video of the Week because the neat-o nature visualizers are damn hypnotizing, fit their respective songs perfectly, and would be perfectly acceptable as official videos in my book.  However, RoadRunner decided to label them as official audio, so I would expect that something a bit more big budget is in the pipeline.

Anyhoo, in case you missed our Roundtable Review of Opeth’s latest, Pale Communion, some of us liked it, some of us not so much, and I flipped head over heel in love it claiming it belongs with the upper echelon of the prime Opeth releases.  Every song on it is pure gold in my opinion and even cooler, my 2 favorite tracks from the record got this cool official audio nature visualizer treatment.

Eternal Rains Shall Come shows some stylized footage, of, well, rain and thunderstorms.  Really cool, especially if you are the type of person that find comfort in just staring out into a rainstorm.  The song is really damn cool as well.  I love how it floats from upbeat, chipper moods to relaxing and slightly melancholy to punchy and powerful.  Damn fine song and an instant classic in my book.

Moon Above, Sun Below showcases my favorite season as Autumnal clips hypnotize as Opeth takes you on a trip to the Harlequin Forest to see how much it has changed over the years.  While the last time we visited the forest of regrets and our protagonist’s tortured mind was being chased on a Wintery and stormy night, we now see the forest in a different season and illuminated by the sun.  It still has maintained a bit of menace, but without the cover of dark, refrains from baring its teeth opting to lull its prey into becoming lost within the flurry of trunks and branches until the dawn of night approaches.

Am I crazy in thinking that Moon Above, Sun Below is the spiritual successor to Harlequin Forest? (I embedded the song so you can listen and reaffirm my over-analyzing.) Have you listened to the new Opeth? What do you think?  Love it, hate it, meh?  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2003 / #6 – #4


MetalCatMy goodness, today we have a head-to-head between Angela Gossow, my favourite female growler, and Simone Simons, my favourite metal soprano. That’s just how the sorting worked out.

Black Label Society and Ozzy bring the temperature back down to normal in my office.

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(Retro) Roundtable Review: Suicidal Tendencies – How Will I Laugh Tomorrow…When I Can’t Even Smile Today


Suicidal_Tendencies-How_Will_I_Laugh_TomorrowLabel:  Sony Music Entertainment

Release Date:  1 Sep 1988

Songs:   11

Length:  51 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash/Punk/Skater

Studio Albums:   12 studio albums.  This one is their 3rd.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2003 / #9 – #7


MetalCatWithout preamble, herewith a foreword. This hit parade has been compiled in compliance with the principles of not using a preamble to introduce the methodology. The results were not audited by a big accounting firm in exchange for high-profile TV exposure.

 

 

 

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