Year-end Diversion: Magna Carta – Seasons


The Metal State tyrants occasionally release me into the dungeons to explore the dusty stacks of vinyl. That’s where I rediscovered this 1970 song by Magna Carta, my favourite prog folk group of the time. My favourite non-prog folk group was Simon & Garfunkel.

Magna Carta’s finest song (in my opinion) seems appropriate for this time of year.

 

A gift from Incendia Music: Pay-what-you-want compilation


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13 tracks of the best unsigned and up and coming talent around at the moment in the world of rock and heavy metal. Whether you’re into your rock, prog, tech metal or electronic 80’s progressive metal… there’ll be something here that tickles your fancy! And did we mention….. it’s FREE! Happy Christmas from Incendia Music

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Matt’s Top 15 Albums of 2014!!!


tumblr_static_cm4blpgifnwo8wokk0wo4scscIt’s that time of year again for arbitrary lists of really great albums that were released since the last time I did one of these things.  Contributing to my absolute burnout of writing about kick ass metal bands, I can not think of another year where there were just so damn many stellar records released.  I simply had to say fuck it, step back, and enjoy the great stuff I already had.  Sure, I missed out on some great stuff, but on the other hand, all killer no filler.  To try to make up for the insane amount of great albums this year I’ve expanded my usual 10 to 15 and will have an honorable mentions post sometime in the near future.  I hope you find yourself something cool to listen to with this list or at least nod in agreement with some of my picks.  Thanks for reading, sticking with AMSOM, and being awesome and stuff.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Mammal’s Best of 2014: Day 5


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It seems that barely a day goes by when I don’t say, “I had a hell of a job cutting my lists down. If I missed some really good stuff, please feel welcome to tell me.”

I would probably have to say the same thing if I kept lists of the best soccer matches of the year. That would take up an awful lot of time, so I’m glad I don’t watch soccer.

Drama Series of 2014

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Four series this year have been totally absorbing. I must mention all of them: House of Cards; Vikings; Fargo; Homeland. For an illustration to go with this selection, it has to be Mrs. Main Viking. I love long ships. She can ride in mine and feed me seasickness pills.

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Mammal’s Best of 2014: Day 4


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A little grey fellow from Arcturus strolled in and asked how easy it was to compile my “Best Of” lists. “Weren’t you listening on day 1, 2 or 3?” I said.  “I had a hell of a job cutting my lists down to my Top 30 Metal, Top 40 Prog and Top 20 Jazz albums. If I seem to have missed some really good stuff, please feel welcome to tell me. Please don’t berate me. Your top album may be lower down on my list, or maybe I simply haven’t heard it. Hundreds of albums are released every month in the online universe of music.”

He borrowed a couple of Iron Maiden CDs and went home to show the people on his planet what “music” is. The only “music” they know is that “doo-dee-da-doo-dah” from “ET”.

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Mammal’s Best of 2014: Day 3


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As I was telling Vladimir Putin this morning and as I’m telling everyone else again, I had a hell of a job cutting my lists down to my Top 30 Metal, Top 40 Prog and Top 20 Jazz albums. If I seem to have missed some really good stuff, please feel welcome to tell me. Please don’t berate me. Your top album may be lower down on my list, or maybe I simply haven’t heard it. Hundreds of albums are released every month in the online universe of music.

Movie of 2014

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“Life of Pi” was released in 2012 but I saw it only in 2014. That counts, right? It’s an extraordinary movie about five tigers sharing the role of one tiger named Richard Parker. He survives an ordeal at sea in spite of numerous surreal obstacles. I think there were people in the movie too but I couldn’t stop admiring Richard Parker.

It’s difficult to remember how many movies I’ve watched this year,  although it could be as many as three. I outgrew comic book superheroes when I was eleven.

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Mammal’s Best of 2014: Day 2


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Angela Gossow told me – I think it was Angela Gossow – she told me I should repeat the following part of my intro in every post in my Countdown. She says not everyone reads every post. I hope it was Angela Gossow.

I had a hell of a job cutting my lists down to my Top 30 Metal, Top 40 Prog and Top 20 Jazz albums. If I seem to have missed some really good stuff, please feel welcome to tell me. Please don’t berate me. Your top album may be lower down on my list, or maybe I simply haven’t heard it. Hundreds of albums are released every month in the online universe of music.

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Mammal’s Best of 2014


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This year has brought forth a veritable deluge of good albums in numerous genres and styles. I had a hell of a job cutting my lists down to my Top 30 Metal, Top 40 Prog and Top 20 Jazz albums. If I seem to have missed some really good stuff, please feel welcome to tell me. Please don’t berate me. Your top album may be lower down on my list, or maybe I simply haven’t heard it. Hundreds of albums are released every month in the online universe of music.

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Album Review: Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars


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Release Date: September 30th, 2014 on eOne Entertainment

Tracks: 10

Length: 53 minutes

Genre: Pushing limits in Progressive death metal

Location: Pennsylvania, US

Previous releases: Song of The Crippled Bull EP 2013

Recommended for fans of: Early Opeth, The Contortionist, Fallujah, Fleshgod Apocalypse

 

“…And we stand still, nothing worth changing, no cause to seek within our minds. There will never be another dawn here, a time where I’d feel, a time for taking and the path to freedom passed us by. Watch the waves and wither away here.”

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Album Review: Revocation – Deathless


Revocation-Deathless-300x300Album:  Deathless

Label:  Metal Blade

Release Date:  10 Oct 2014 (US)

Songs:  11

Length:  53 Minutes

Previous Albums:  Empire of the Obscene (2008); Existence is Futile (2009); Chaos of Forms (2011); Revocation (2013); Deathless (2014).

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