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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #6 – #4


MetalCatIt should be obvious why Dark Metal Cat put one of today’s songs on the iPod and played it until the battery died. Now, while I’m linking to the other two songs, he’s listening to “Eye of the Tiger”.

 

 

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Album Review: Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood


246-300x300One of the facets of Children of Bodom I always liked was their ability to control their own chaos. Their rhythm seemed all over the place, but tied in nicely with intricate guitar solos and keyboards to add that extra flair.  To add to all the madness there’s Alexi’s [mostly] unintelligible lyrics which I guess is a good thing because after reading most of the lyrics, I discovered a certain cheese-factor.  But, if the words are lost in translation (through growling) who really cares as long as the music shreds right?  I wasn’t terribly impressed with their last two albums, Blooddrunk and Relentless, Reckeless Forever.  Needless to say, my expectations are low for their latest release, Halo of Blood. But, like most bands I have a fondness for, it’s hard to just stop buying their albums in hopes they regain the fire they used to have and create something…good.  Let’s see where Halo of Blood stands.

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Song of the Week – Halo of Blood


I guess it’s time to feature something new.  Children of Bodom released Halo of Blood yesterday and though I haven’t had much time to really check it out, I do look forward to seeing if there is any improvement.  Not that I thought their last album, Relentless, Reckless Forever, was bad, it was better than Blooddrunk.  I am not sure if that holds any weight in the grand scheme of things…but let’s move on.

The title track of the album is presented before us as the Song of the Week.  I have to say I am surprised by the aggressive intro to this song.  It does level out a bit with traditional Children of Bodom melody, but the bursts of near Black metal riffs impress me.  Overall, it’s not bad and I look forward to listening to the rest of the album in the very near future.  What say you?  Improvement, status quo, or a step in the wrong direction?

Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #86-90


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A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too. 

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# 90 Karnivool – Sound Awake

Great vocals, atmospheric music and lots of diversity from a band that always had a huge potential. One of the best rock bands in the world.  At least in my world.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #91-95


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A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too. 

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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #25 – Hell Is For Children


Children of Bodom is one of several well-known bands that records numerous cover songs; some quite good while others are just entertaining (see their Britney Spears cover).  It’s hard to take the band seriously sometimes; they seem to joke around a lot with their music.  Setting comedy aside, they covered Grammy winner Pat Benatar’s Hell Is For Children and did a great job with it.  The song appears on the album Skeletons in the Closet released in 2009.  The album of covers features Billy Idol, Suicidal Tendencies, and Slayer remakes to name a few.  Their rendition of Hell Is For Children is their own, but still holds true to the original.  I like it mainly for nostalgic reasons.

When MTV first came out in 1981, Pat Benatar was one of a few artists that filmed videos which were on heavy rotation.   There weren’t many videos at the time.  I was 8 and I thought Pat Benatar was a cool rockin’ chick.  I liked a lot of her songs.  Little did I know she was setting the foundation for the metalhead I am today.  I think it was her song You Better Run which was the second video ever played on MTV.  Hell Is For Children was a controversial song (at the time) about child abuse.  The song appears on the 1980 album, Crimes of Passion which remained on the U.S. album charts for 93 weeks.  Just a tidbit, Pat Benatar was the first solo female artist played on MTV.

Here is the original song by Pat Benatar featured on the album Crimes of Passion, 1980.

Below is the cover song by Children of Bodom which is featured on the album Skeletons in the Closet, 2009.

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #85-81


Continuing on with our Top 100 list at The History of Metal, I bring you my next five with a little bit of justification.  If you haven’t checked out The History of Metal or THOM as we call it, please do it’s a cool forum to talk about and share metal.  The page creator does a great job as keeping topics fresh and he also takes the time to pose challenges to the group; Top 100 Albums being one of them.  I think the best part of this whole challenge besides getting to see everyone else’s choices is to reminisce about why I love these albums so much.  It gets me listening to some of these I haven’t heard in a while.  Not to mention, seeing everyone elses favorites gets me to explore some things I haven’t heard yet.  Enjoy!

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Music Video Mania- Finnish Metal


If heavy metal had a Mecca right now I would say it is Finland.  The cold country seems to be the breeding ground of a myriad of high quality metal bands spanning through many genres.  I don’t know what the Finns are drinking (maybe some of that ceremonial thunder brew that was the inspiration for Korpiklaani‘s latest album Ukon Wacka), but if there is one thing that they can do, it’s write some of the best metal that the world has to offer.  According to many statistics, Finland has the most metal bands per person with for every 4 people there’s 1 metal band.  That’s a lot of metal.

This updated repost of a Music Video Mania I did last year will be the first part of a 2 part series.  Next week I will take a look and give my opinion as to why Finland has so much great metal going on in the country.  If any Finnish readers (or any readers) would like to give their opinion why Finland is so rich with metal, I’d really love to hear it!!!  Enjoy the videos!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

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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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