Roundtable Review: Verse Vica – Endeavor


Album CoverLabel: Self-released

Release Date:  October 6th 2014

Songs:  8 tracks

Length: 41 minutes

Genre:  Progressive metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  North Carolina, USA

For fans of: Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Animals As Leaders

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Album Review: Adimiron – Timelapse


a3305286590_2Label: Scarlet Records

Album:  Timelapse; this is their fourth album

Release Date:  3 Nov 14

Genre:  Avant-Garde / Progressive / Post Death Metal

Songs:  9

Length:  43 Minutes

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Album Review: Disasterhate – Mirroring The Abyss


PromoImage (2)For Fans of:  Arch Enemy, Forbidden, Fear Factory

Record Label:  Club Inferno Ent.

Release date:  22 Sep 14

Album:  Mirroring the Abyss (This is their debut album)

Genre:  Thrash / Death Metal

Nationality:  Italy

Songs:  9

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #6 – #4


MetalCatNear the top of my song ladder for 2007, two giant bands bracket a relative unknown. Symphony X and Epica shouldn’t need any introduction. Age of Nemesis, however, gained little following outside their native Hungary. That’s a pity.

 

 

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Retro Roundtable Review: Anacrusis – Screams And Whispers


291Label: Metal Blade Records

Release Date:  May 11th, 1993

Songs:  12

Length: 1 hour

Genre:  Progressive/Thrash

Studio Albums: Suffering Hour 1988, Reason 1990, Manic Impressions 1991

Location:  Missouri, USA

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #9 – #7


MetalCatI’m sure the guys from Dark Moor are terrific blokes. None the less…

Have I ever mentioned that I heart Angela Gossow? I heart her with all my love. It’s such a pleasure to have her here today. It’s such a pleasure to have her here on any day.

Have I ever mentioned that I love Masha Scream? Wow, two heart girls on the same love, or is it the same day? They scramble my brain.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #12 – #10


MetalCatHow reliably descriptive are genre labels? Often, not very. Two bands today illustrate a case in point. “Progressive metal” is too sweeping for the label-makers, so Darkwater and Aghora have both been labelled “progressive heavy metal”. Even so, they play very different types of metal. Darkwater slots in comfortably alongside Dream Theater or Symphony X. Aghora is much more avant-garde, better matched with the likes of To-Mera or Scale The Summit.

As for The Vision Bleak… well, dark metal is dark metal and this song is beautiful (so are the other two today, of course). Dark Metal Cat is purring in harmony. The music is labelled symphonic dark, although I would have said it was more Gothic.

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Roundtable Review: We All Die (Laughing) – Thoughtscanning


a1005130293_10Label: Kaotoxin Records

Release Date:  14 January 2014

Songs:  1

Length: 33 minutes

Genre:  Avant-garde/extreme/prog

Studio Albums: This is their debut

Location:  France, Bulgaria

For fans of: Swallow The Sun, Katatonia, Opeth, Neurosis

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #15 – #13


MetalCatIt’s very melodic here today, thanks to Kamelot, Devin Townsend and After Forever. It makes a welcome change from all the whining and complaining that usually happens in this world.

Dark Metal Cat is right — we should ask Ziltoid to transport us to a happy, contented planet. We can conquer the inhabitants and let them do the whining.

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Album Review: Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will


Iron-Reagan-AlbumLabel:  Relapse Records

Album:  The Tyranny of Will

Previous Albums:  Worse Than Dead (2013); Exhumed/Iron Reagan Split (2014); Spoiled Identity EP (2014).

Genre:  Hardcore / Crossover Thrash / Punk

Songs:  24 (25 if you have the bonus track)

Length:  32 Minutes

From:  Richmond, VA, USA

FFO:  Municipal Waste, S.O.D., M.O.D., D.R.I., Cro-Mags, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, Bio-Hazard Read the rest of this entry