Album review: The Deadstation – Episode 01: Like Peering into the Deepest Ocean Abyss (EP)


DeadstationCoverLocation: USA

Genre: Progressive metal

Release date: 3 April 2014

Label: Self-released

Recommended to: Fans of many prog metal and crossover prog rock bands including those named in this review

The Deadstation spells its name in upper-case letters. I don’t. My keyboard is allergic to Caps Lock. The sound card, the headphones and my ears, however, are anything but allergic to The Deadstation. I experienced two immediate reactions after playing their one and only release. The first was: “Where are they hiding the rest of their albums?” The second: “Why aren’t there more?”

A digital version of the EP was released two years ago. The physical recording, which includes an additional song, runs to 34 minutes of grand music.

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What’s Cookin’ In The Inbox: 16 Apr 2014 Post #4


832mailboxIt’s been a little while since the last batch of music samples has been posted for your listening pleasure.   Now that I have had a nice break in career activities I found time to sift through a bunch of emails.  Below is an assortment of things that might interest you.  My goal, as it is most of the time, is to bring you bands that cross a broad spectrum of genres for your sampling enjoyment.  As always we give thanks to those that reach out to us.  Thank you for thinking of us.  Enjoy this edition of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox.

Band:  Vie Jester

From:  Los Angeles, CA

Social Media:  facebook 

Other:  Website 

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Book Review: Bioshock: Rapture


BioshockWhen I first got wind of a tie-in novel, Bioshock:  Rapture, for the awesome videogame Bioshock (2007) I was eager to get my hands on it.  Author John Shirley, who is well-known in the sci-fi world, delivers the prequel to the crazy-ass, head-scratching, and often funny videogame.  I just didn’t know it came out back in 2012. Oh well, it’s never too late to read something you never knew existed.  Personally, I am glad this wasn’t just a novel version of the game itself though I would have read it anyway.  But, to see his interpretation of how the underwater city of Rapture got to be so fucked up…made sense and it helped me better understand the game and want to play it again.  If you are a gamer then you are probably well aware there are so many questions often left unanswered in the gaming world.

The story begins at the conception of Rapture…in the mind of Andrew Ryan who rose from poverty with the utopian idea of an underwater city where people were “free” to do as they wish without government restrictions or sanctions.  Ryan feared the firebombs of World War II were surely to explode over the rest of the world in just a matter of time.  His solution was to gather the best of the best and hide away in an underwater paradise as the world destroys itself.  Yeah, how could anything possibly go wrong? Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: The Golden Grass – The Golden Grass


GOLDEN GRASSLabel:  Svart

Release Date:  N/A

Songs:   5

Length:  37 Minutes

Genre:  Psychedelic Boogie

Studio Albums:   N/A

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Mammal’s Merry Memories: Warhorse – Vulture Blood


Warhorse was a short-lived British band, releasing only two albums in 1970 and 1972 respectively. They started with talent aplenty but couldn’t hang on to it. Their keyboardist, the legendary Rick Wakeman, dropped out shortly before the first album, Warhorse, was due to go into studio production.

Neither Warhorse nor the follow-up, Red Sea, did well on the UK album charts. The band faded away into nothing by 1974. To me that was a great pity because they did some good, solid rock. It seems that even way back then, I was good at liking bnds that not enough other people did.

Mammal’s Merry Memories: Argent – Hold Your Head Up


I’ve been playing some of the old vinyl LPs we’ve been using as drinks coasters at Metal State. We drink BIIIIIG tankards of beer.

Argent typified British classic rock in the early 1970s. In their songs you can hear the influences of earlier psychedelic rock and residual traces of 1960s “underground” rock. Their music also hints at the separate lines of development that would soon be followed by classic progressive rock and hard rock.

During their active years from 1969 to 1976 Argent released seven studio albums. This song, from the 1972 album All Together Now, is my favourite.

 

Retro Roundtable Review: Sepultura – Chaos A.D.


download (1)Release Date:  1993

Songs:   13

Length:  51 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash

Studio Albums:  A lot

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Stream of the Week – Whose Hearts Were His


This week’s Stream of the Week hails from Kansas City, Missouri.  Gabe Fry is the brain behind Whose Hearts Were His – his new solo project.  He was formerly part of Solace and Stable, a band we featured here on A Metal State of Mind a couple of years ago.  If you would like to check that project out as well, you can click here.  The new self-titled album is set for release in the near future – not date indicated just yet, but if I am supplied one I will let you know.  For now you can check out this track, Tongues Like Knives, to water your mouths for more of what’s to come.

For fans of:  Gojira, Between The Buried and Me, The Red Chord

Members:  Gabe Fry

Video Of The Week: Brutai – Flood


Smooth, groovy and edgy; here’s the video for the track  ‘Flood’ written and performed by the very promising upcoming band Brutai. Works well to brighten up a rainy day like this one!

The video was made by a group of young students at The Brit School in London. Brutai’s EP can be found here.

Roundtable Review: Between the Madness by VanGough


a0236553750_2Label:  Nightmare Records

Release Date:  Out Now

Songs:   12

Genre:  Prog

Studio Albums:  This is their 5th release

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