Song of the Week: Empty Yard Experiment – God Has His Reasons


Calling fans of Porcupine Tree and Airbag – if you like them, I believe you’ll like Empty Yard Experiment (EYE) very much too.

EYE is a multinational band that formed in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, in 2006. The line-up is Bojan Preradovic (vocals and rhythm guitar), Mehdi Gr (lead guitar), Kaveh Kashani (bass), Gorgin Asadi (keyboards) and Josh Saldanha (drums, percussion and backing vocals). They’ve opened for big-name bands including Metallica, Evanescence and Anathema.

The band can’t actually be pegged to a single genre such as post rock. That label gives some idea of “sounds like” but they have developed their own, highly evocative and emotive style.

 

 

 

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #8 and #7


MetalCatIt must be true that opposites attract. I live in Africa in the summer swelter and winter mildness of Zululand, South Africa. It’s never snowed here. There’s never been frost. Yet so much of the music I love comes from the frozen north or is about the myths, legends and heroes from the top of Europe.

Maybe I have Viking blood. That is questionable, though, because I get seasick.

 

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Album Review: Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls


Judas-Priest-Redeemer-of-SoulsRecord Label: Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Release Date: 8 July 2014

Songs:  18 (on deluxe edition)

Length: 84 minutes (deluxe edition)

Style:  It’s Judas Priest

Albums:  Seventeen

Nationality:  United Kingdom

For fans of: Metal

What is there to say about such a storied band?  Formed in the sixties and still kicking it Judas Priest style.  They sound great, that’s for sure.  I have read a few things about how “heavy” this album would be, but personally it just sounds like Judas Priest.  There are some moments heavier than others, but nothing that supersedes the high-octane of Freewheel Burning, Ram It Down, or Painkiller.  The lack of those types of songs doesn’t make Redeemer of Souls any less satisfying.  In fact, the album is quite satisfying and highly representative of what you would expect from the band.  It’s all around heavy, rhythmic, and energetic. Read the rest of this entry

Concert Review: UK Tech Metal Fest 2014, part 1. Valis Ablaze, The Sun Explodes, DispersE, Mountains Under Oceans


The event I was looking forward to the most this year is already over. Time goes fast when having fun! And during four days unlimited amounts of fun and hugs was had by all: bands, fans and festival crew alike. This was the third time running for UK Tech Metal Fest and once again it proved to be a festival like no other, as it felt more like a relaxed holiday together with some of your best friends and favourite musicians. I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer weekend.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1996 / #10 and #9


MetalCatBlack & Doom. That’s a formula to make me happy, although I prefer the melodic or atmospheric forms of both genres.

I hope you find both of these songs to be as uplifting as Dark Metal Cat and I do.

 

 

 

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Roundtable Album Review: Johnny Touch – Inner City Wolves


Johnny_Touch_coverLabel: Shadow Kingdom Records

Release Date: 19 August, 2014

Songs: 8

Length: 38 minutes

Genre: Heavy Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: Australia

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #2 and #1


MetalCatHow many types of metal should one person like? Is it possible to like all of them? I say yes if the music matters, not the genre label. With that I conclude 1995 with some polka music and some Bing Crosby.

Well, not really, but I have to write something to lure in the people who wish Bing Crosby had sung polka music.

 

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Full Album Stream: Vile Regression – Empires


This one is a grabber. Tiny Tiny Cakey Kitten and I are in total agreement on that point. Empires, to be released on Monday (21 July), is the splendid follow-up to Vile Regression’s 2011 debut, The Pattern Evolves.

This Irish outfit plays extreme metal, but not merely for the sake of showing off their considerable technical prowess. They explore the dark end of the prog metal spectrum and enrich it with good melody lines, glittering instrumentation, varied harsh vocal styles, nicely calculated changes of pace and emotional interpretations. In short, this is a really cool album.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #4 and #3


MetalCatOil and water, that’s what we have today. First, viscous sludge that oozes through cracks and fissures deep underground; then hard rock, which has become the modern pop music of metal people.

Dark Metal Cat says actual pop music causes global warming because it’s all hot air. Cats are bad at making analogies.

 

 

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