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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2011, #8 – #5


MetalCatThis has nothing directly to do with my hit parade except that good singers don’t use AutoTune. Today I heard something so ridiculous that my beard grew inwards by a few centimetres. Dark Metal Cat laughed so hard that he vomited on my desk.

Get this… “What’s wrong with AutoTune? Why shouldn’t singers use electronics to make their voices sound in tune? Your bands use electricity to make their guitars sound loud.”

If you don’t happen to know what AutoTune is, the Mammal Dictionary defines it as “something that makes you vomit on your desk.”

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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: 2005 / #6 – #4


MetalCatFrom my selections today it looks like I’m doing a hit parade of Swedish metal. Do you Swedes appreciate how much the metal world owes to your country? You do? Good. Send each of us a Volvo, thanks.

Maybe I should rearrange my sets of annual hit parades and do three American bands in a row. Then we’ll each get an apple pie. Dark Metal Cat wants his with huge dollops of cream.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2003 / #6 – #4


MetalCatMy goodness, today we have a head-to-head between Angela Gossow, my favourite female growler, and Simone Simons, my favourite metal soprano. That’s just how the sorting worked out.

Black Label Society and Ozzy bring the temperature back down to normal in my office.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1999 / #4 – #3


MetalCatI don’t have a favourite genre of metal. The metal tree has branched profusely from the trunk that bore Sabbath’s doom and Maiden’s heavy metal. Just about every one of those branches has produced delicious fruit.

I do listen more to some types of metal, though. Two of the styles that I love greatly are progressive and melodic death. When I was doing my manual bubble-sort of my best songs of the last 21 years, it just happened that the pair of songs that take their turn today are both melodic death, and both come from Sweden.

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Roundtable Review: Arch Enemy – War Eternal


Arch_Enemy_coverLabel: Century Media

Release Date: 10 June, 2014

Songs: 13

Length: 48 minutes

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Studio Albums: Nine previous albums

Location: Sweden

 

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21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #20 – My Apocalypse (Arch Enemy)


I wonder how much of my bucket list I have completed at this point and should I worry about it now?  Nah, 20 days to go until doomsday and today we have Arch Enemy’s My Apocalypse representing.  This song appears off the album Doomsday Machine which is highly appropriate given the nature of our impending doom.

This happens to be the album that got me into Arch Enemy to begin with.  To this day, still my favorite album from them.  What do you think of Amott leaving the band?  Will he be jobless at the end of the world?  Have a great day!

Themed Thursday – Metal Meets The Zodiac


I am not one to normally contemplate my astrology reading of the day.  I do find them interesting at times and often accurate, but sometimes these things can be so vague that they apply to almost anyone.  As we know, signs of the Zodiac are represented by symbols, elements, planets, and stones.  Why not metal bands?  If you know your sign, you should know what band applies to you.  This is what my research for this theme of the week is going to do.  No longer will you have to say you are Aries symbolized by the ram.  Now, you can say I am Aries represented by Arch motherfucking Enemy.  Here is my breakdown of what band should represent you and your astrological sign.

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Plantera7′s Top-10 of 2011 So Far


This year has been great for metal and I feel the best is yet to come later in the year, namely September 2011.  Housebroken did a great job outlining his top-10 for the first half of 2011.  Let’s see how die-hard metal fans tastes compare and contrast.  Here is my top 10 for 2011, January through June.  I will keep this relatively short since I will be posting a full report on the Big Four sometime this weekend.

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Theme Thursday – A Decade of Thrash


What is your opinion of the standard thrash recipe?  Do you think thrash as become weak over the years, stayed the same, got better, or a little bit of everything?  Does thrash make you want to puke or snap your fingers…snap your neck?  The theme for this week is going to focus on thrash from 2001-2010.  Not so much the bands themselves, but the songs that define the music.  I will cover the last 10 years with a few words on what’s out in 2011 already. Part II of this theme is that all the songs I talk about fit onto one CD-R.  If you like the tunes I picked it makes for a great mix.  I  will let the playlist do the talking and by all means feel free to comment.

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