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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2012, #3 – #1


MetalCatA couple of the songs that top my list for 2013 are rather long. They’re worth it, says Dark Metal Cat. Aeon Zen’s song is my ideal of what a prog metal song should be. Of course it leans strongly towards the prog quarter. The Wintersun song embodies just about everything I love about harder melodic metal. It’s one of the best songs I’ve heard in the last 64 years, 9 months and 5 days.

The shorter number by Diablo Swing Orchestra is so… out there… that it sets the bar for many types of experimental metal.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2012, #6 – #4


MetalCatBe glad you don’t live on the Planet of the Dolphins or in any other sub-aquatic civilisation. You can’t do chemisty, make fire or smelt metals under water. It would probably be even more difficult in salt water. I should imagine it would also be quite a bugger trying not electrocute yourself with a big amp.

On Water Planet there is no music except for The Whale Glee Club and the Coral Crackers.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2012, #9 – #7


MetalCatThe number of genres and sub-genres of modern metal far exceeds the total number of genres that existed in Western music 30 years ago.

There are more bands today playing classic-style heavy metal than there were at the height of heavy metal in the 1980s.

Since the advent of online music streaming and buying, more metal albums are released every month than the total number of albums of all kinds of Western music in 1980.

No one can possibly listen to every new metal album… but, oh man, it’s fun trying!

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2012, #12 – #10


MetalCatMy #11 song is causing me many headaches and much anxiety. I know the dancing girls in the Leander video were auditioning in the hope of drawing me as their partner in the Metal State Dance Contest. How can I tell them I stopped dancing when my knees stopped working in 1927? I don’t want to shatter their dreams.

Maybe I can dress Dark Metal Cat in a tuxedo and hang a “Mammal” sign around his neck. He has some amazing moves.

 

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Concert Review: Download Festival (Sunday Only)


Another Download Festival came and went…this year marking the 10th anniversary of the famed UK metal festival.  Here is my review of my one-day pass for Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 with Black Sabbath headlining and closing the event.   Before I talk about my day I want to note that this is most likely my last Download Festival for the foreseeable future.  Later this year I will move back to the United States and if this is in fact the last Download Festival I ever see, I honestly couldn’t have asked for more out of a one-day ticket.  The icing on the cake was the fact that it was sunny.

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Angel’s Top 5 Albums Of 2012 So Far


Following on from Matt’s post earlier about his Top 5 albums of 2012 thus far, I thought I’d throw in my own piece on the albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening to as we approach the halfway mark of the year. I think it says something that 2 of the 5 already are début albums, and all are astonishing in their quality.
N.B. In order to indicate a lack of ranking (I’ve never been one for a 1-5 approach with albums, it’s too challenging), we’ll go for an alphabetical list.
N.B. No. 2: Fanboy incoming.

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Album Review: Lahmia – Into The Abyss


The album cover for Into The Abyss by Lahmia.
When a band has ticked most of my personal criteria for melodic death metal by the end of the first two songs, I can feel fairly reassured that the remainder of the record is going to provide some aural delight for my two ears. Lahmia offer a blend of various extreme metal genres such as melodeath (primary basis), black (mostly Swedish), death and some goth, but actually hail from Italy despite their Scandinavian sound. Their first full-length slab, Into The Abyss, is a honed hour which brings together influences such as Arch Enemy, Thurisaz and Dark Tranquillity, the latter of which remains most prominent, and is still quite a ride after multiple spins.

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