Xbox: Games With Gold & Deals With Gold


xbox-one-featured-imageIt’s time to discuss May’s free games for Xbox Gold members.  Keeping in mind, it cost about $60 a year to be a member, the games they have been giving away this year are worth far more than that…but, you have to like them or want to play them to make it worth your time.  April’s roundup was quite nice, featuring a bunch of free games.  May can be considered a little on the light side comparatively speaking since there are only four games including one from April that is still on the list.  But, when given free stuff can you really complain?

Here is the lineup for the Xbox One:

Castle Storm Definitive Edition.  Available all month.

Pool Nation FX.  Available all month.

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How Important are Lyrics in Metal?


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It all makes sense… we’re capable of beauty.
Through sounds which make one cringe.  The dogs only hear us now.
For the first time tears came to my eyes while I was listening.
Noise brings so many things… make my tingling skin freeze.

I’m positive that nearly every metal fan, especially the lovers of the more extreme spectrum of the genre, have heard this before.  “But with all that noisy growling and screaming, how do you understand what they’re ‘air quotes’ singing?”  To which we usually reply along the lines of something like “You get used to it.” or “It’s like learning an accent.”  Yet regardless of how we break it down or try to explain it they just look at you with their head slightly cocked like a confused puppy and then you usually just give up and go about your day. Read the rest of this entry

Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for April – Part 2/2


SC logoOn Friday we posted our digest of the first five female-fronted albums our buddies at Sonic Cathedral reviewed during April. On Saturday we slept late. On Sunday we rested, it being the seventh day and all that. Today we feature the other four albums SC reviewed last month.

They are all goodies, like us and the people at SC. Some of them are the best, like all of the followers of SC and Metal State.

 

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Show Review: Opeth in Tokyo 30 April 15: The Full Report


IMG_0582If you have been following A Metal State of Mind, you may have noticed that Opeth gets mentioned quite a bit for one reason or another.  I guess you could say, as a whole, we like them here.  Just putting the bias up front.  This time it’s yet another show review; my first from the island nation of Japan.  The Roppongi district of Tokyo was the setting for the show; my third time seeing Opeth and my first ever concert that actually ended at a very reasonable time.  In short, it was a great night for many reasons and here is a rundown of the evening.

First, I will say that the cost of a show in Japan is more than I have ever paid to see one band.  As a result I will have to pick and choose my future shows carefully.  ¥7,500 ($62.41, €55.75, kr524.30) seems to be the average price from what I have been seeing lately.  The cost was for a standing ticket.  If I wanted a seat it would have cost ¥2,000 extra.  Seems to me being closer to the action would cost more, but I am sure there is a reason to price tickets that way.  Anyway, throw in train tickets (took about an hour to get there), a shirt for ¥3,500 and it adds up to an expensive night out…for one band.  There was also a pre-show dinner for about ¥2,800.  But, for metalheads it’s always worth it to see a band you love. I don’t have to explain this, you know…

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Roundtable Review: Lancer – Second Storm


Lancer-CoverArt-DimitarNikolov.psdLabel: Despotz Records

Release Date:  April 10th, 2015

Songs:  9

Length: 51 minutes

Genre:  Power/Speed metal

Studio Albums: Purple Sky EP 2012, Lancer 2013

Location:  Arvika, Sweden

Recommended for fans of: Iron Maiden, Avantasia, Helloween, Edguy

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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for April – Part 1/2


SC logoI’ve heard it said that Sonic Cathedral agreed to let Metal State publish a digest of their reviews because I train the Sonic Cathedral unicorns. This is untrue. Their unicorns are untrainable. It is very dangerous to stand in front of them when they are moshing. It’s also dangerous to stand in front of their unicorns.

Sonic Cathedral reviewed nine female-fronted albums during April. We’re doing a two-part digest of those reviews, including the album details and a very short summary of each review. Here are the first five. Part 2 will cover the next four.

 

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Tales from Bandcamp: Vænir by Monolord


a3503731580_10Picture if you will a scene where an army of Dr. Dooms wielding Swords of Doom +2 agility are battling a horde of Thulsa Dooms brandishing Bastard Axes of Doom +1 charisma atop Mt. Doom for the right to doom the doomed Earth and it’s doomed inhabitants.  That is pretty much the way it is when spinning the Vænir, the new record from Swedish doomsters Monolord.

Sounding like a mix of Yob, Pallbearer, and good ol’ Candlemass this record is relentless in its approach to doom.  The sludgy tones mixed with mammoth riffs will probably make this one of the most crushing doom records I will hear this year.  I particularly like the reverb-y vocals which add in heavy psychedelic elements.

If you like your doom metal filthy and thicker than frozen peanut butter do yourself a favor and grab this beast.  You won’t be disappointed, Scouts Honor.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Album Review: Mellowtoy – Lies


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Release Date:  20 Jan 2015

Previous Albums:  This is their fourth album

Length:  42 Minutes

Songs:  12

Genre:  Hard Rock

Label:  Scarlet Records

FFO:  Ill Nino, Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, Stone Sour, Gemini Syndrome, Disturbed

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Full EP stream: Myth of a Life – Erinyes


Myth of a LifeTo win a three-year contract from a big label like Sleaszy Rider Records, you have to be pretty good at what you do. Don’t take my word on that. No, do take my word. I’m the expert, right? I also do brain surgery in my spare time, and I invented the Higgs boson for those physicists at CERN to discover. Myth of a Life is signed up to release a full-length album. I trust they’ll do more after that during their three Sleaszy years, and I shan’t be in the least surprised if their contract is extended. They attracted the record company with their style of melodic death metal on their self-funded debut EP, “Erinyes”. It took about a year for the band to put the EP together at their base in Sheffield, England. The vocalist, Phil’Core’ D, says all the band members contributed to create “an amalgamation of the dark melodies of melodic death metal and the ferocious riffs of thrash metal.” The band started as the brainchild of Takanori Shono, previously guitarist in the Japanese melodic death band Impenetrability. The current line-up is completed by Damiano Porcelli (ex-Golem) on drums, Charlie Power on bass and Dave Warren on guitars. I played “Erinyes” for two other people who love melodic death as much as I do – Tiny Tiny Cakey Kitten, who ghost-writes everything for me when he isn’t snacking on moths that fly into the office; and my little buddy Simphiwe, 11 years old, who has become probably the youngest and most ardent Zulu metalhead. They both thoroughly approve of Myth of a Life, so even if you don’t take my word, take theirs. Then check out the band on Facebook.

EP Review: My Wooden Pillow – Uncomfortable


My Wooden Pillow AlbumLocation: Manchester, England

Genre: All-in-one metal, hardcore & rock

Release date: 21 December 2014

Label: Independent

Previous releases: This EP is their debut

Tracks: 4

Length: 19 minutes

Recommended to: Fans of rawkin’, rollicking, highly infectious female-fronted rock and metal across the moshing spectrum

Mammal’s rating: 4.5 out of 5

My Wooden Pillow, a new band from the UK, invited Metal State to give their debut EP a spin. I’m so glad they did. What came out of the box – or, more accurately, the Dropbox – is a lustrous pearl.

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