Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #12 – #9


MetalCatA small percentage of people of any age listen to metal. Probably an even smaller percentage listen to classical music. If you mix the two forms you risk bombing out completely. Fortunately bands like Dark Moor are masters of neo-classical integration.

Who was the master of pure integration? All you British, hands up for Newton. All you Germans, give a yell for Liebnitz. Of course a lot of the work both of them did was derivative.

 

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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).

Meet the band on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/hybridcircleofficial/timeline

 

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #16 – #13


MetalCatHere’s a bunch of lighter songs. That’s how my selections bubble-sorted themselves, although you’ve probably come to expect a fair bit of lighter metal (or obscure prog) in my posts.

The other Metal State writers let me live here for entertainment. They throw peanuts at me. I am learning to communicate in their language. I can say “want peanut butter” in Human.

 

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Music Video Revisited: Chaos – Game


Chaos

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.

Meet Chaos on Facebook and follow all their important links from their page:
www.facebook.com/chaosindia

 

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #20 – #17


MetalCatI played with anagrams of the names of the bands featured in today’s selection. To make an anagram, you take a word or words and mix the letters up to make a new word or words.

Here’s what I got:
Witchbreed – Chew Red Bit
Animals As Leaders – A Sad Nameless Liar
Depressed Mode – Odd Deeper Mess

There’s not much you can do with a name like OSI, so I made an anagram of the song title:
The Escape Artist – Pat Eats Heretics

While I’m at it, Dark Metal Cat becomes Tackle Mad Art, ChristopherMammal converts into Limp Comma Thrasher, and A Metal State Of Mind turns into Male Teat Manifolds.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #4 – #1


MetalCatDark Metal Cat has issued an advisory that this series has come under the scrutiny of the NSA because today’s episode includes no American bands. American metalheads may laugh at this allegation. Yeah? How did the NSA know what I was going to select before I did?

So today we have Amon Amarth, Sieges Even, Opeth and To-Mera. Dark Metal Cat has issued an advisory that the NSA has listed all of those band names as code words for secret meeting places where “strange people” in the USA listen to European bands.

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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.”

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #8 – #5


MetalCatIf you haven’t yet mastered the art of throat singing, you may pick up some tips from Ego Fall.

That reminds me of some lyrics I wrote but which, amazingly, haven’t been snapped up by any band:

I am one of those who can speak through both me knees.
My left knee can say “thank you” and my right knee can say “please”.
Yet the longest words that I have ever uttered through my limbs
Are shorter than the longer words that people sing in hymns.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2008, #12 – #9


MetalCatToday I had a migraine for the first time in years. Some people think migraines are headaches. They’re not. Splitting headaches are one of the side-effects of a migraine, which is dilation of the capillaries in the eyeballs for any number of reasons. Anything that constricts blood vessels is good when you have a migraine, especially plenty of coffee and nicotine, heh heh.

After I’d slept off the worst of the migraine I started doing my hit parade post for today. My wife asked why I was listening to loud metal music while I still had a headache. I gave her the obvious answer: Metal has curative powers. I know it makes me feel better.

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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #4 & #3


bc_rich_widow_wmd_bass_top_imageI love the power of a good instrumental song.  Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song.  Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side.  And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut.  Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music.  However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation.  This list is 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library.  I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites.  I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak.  This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times.  Enjoy!

4.  Circles Without Division – Sleepers Awake

First off, this is an amazing album; forever cemented as my #1 album of 2013. Circles Without Division is an excellent song that is among of the shorter songs on Transcension.  It’s a bit spacey at times and encompasses varying tempos like any good progressive metal band should.  Below is a clip of the full album.  The song of focus here is track #7 though I highly recommend listening to the whole experience if you haven’t had a chance to check out Sleepers Awake.

3.  Decoherence – Insomnium

This is a really dark somber kind of a song; I think it’s beautiful especially from a melodic death metal band like Insomnium.  Decoherence always calms me no matter what kind of mood I am in and I also use this for my morning alarm clock.  The image selected for this video clip suits the song perfectly.  The song appears on the album One For Sorrow released in 2011.