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Album Review: PTSD – A Sense of Decay


PTSD cover

The Italian band PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) was formed in 2005 and has now released their second album ‘A Sense of Decay’. The first thing to catch my attention was the attractive cover art with a picture of a colorful butterfly; half of it is alive and the other half is turning into dust. It’s beautiful. PTSD plays a style of alternative rock/metal that often strays into a progressive metal sound that reminds me of a melodic Dream Theater. There is also a slight feeling of bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains and 30 Seconds To Mars.

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Full Album Streams: Koi No Yokan by Deftones


It has just come to my attention that Rolling Stone is hosting a stream of the upcoming Deftones record Koi No Yokan.  I for one am highly looking forward to its release and am pleased I get to hear it just to further solidify my reasoning for purchase when it hits store shelves next week.  Their previous record, Diamond Eyes, was a return to greatness for the art metallers after putting out a pair of substandard releases.  So far Koi No Yokan sounds like it is following down that reaffirmed path of quality.  Give it a listen by clicking here or on the album cover above.  Tell us what you thought, are you going to buy it when it lands?  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #45-#41


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#45 Warp Riders by The Sword

The Sword just keep getting better and better with each album as they constantly refine their style of sludgy stoner metal. For 2010′s concept album Warp Riders they took a step outside of the frozen tundra of Norse lore and sounds and went full on sci-fi and gravitated towards a more rock and roll feel. Everything about this record is near perfect, fat riffs, groovy rhythms, catchy lyrics, and proggy space opera songs. If their previous albums were their Lord of the Rings, Warp Riders is their Star Wars. When I listen to this album I want to jump into my space Winnebago, kick it into ludicrous speed, and go plaid as I fly around outer space exploring uncharted planets and nebulae (making sure to make a special stop at the Mos Eisley Cantina to check out that in-house band I’ve been hearing so much about). With the track record The Sword has been following ever since their debut, it’s no wonder I’m so hyped for their upcoming record.

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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #90-#86


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time.  Loving making lists I’m all on this.  Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge.  This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences.  My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it.  Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list.  Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there!  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

#90 Leviathan by Mastodon

I think I may have permanently injured my neck from the rate of headbanging I did when I first heard “Blood and Thunder”. That tune is the very essence of metal. Oh, and the rest of the album is about Herman Melville’s Moby Dick you say, F’ yeah! Boy am I happy I paid attention to that one in school. This album is so heavy it should come with a ‘lift with caution’ warning label. If you’ve never checked out Mastodon before this is a good starting point. It has the brutality of their earlier works and the beginnings of the prog side the band would later explore.

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Song of the Week – One Weak


Four years ago Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a car accident that left him highly injured and in a coma.  Now he has started showing the first signs of recovery by lifting his legs on command.  He has yet shown more signs of recovery, but with this great news there is great hope that he will one day emerge completely from his coma.

Here’s “One Weak” off of the Deftones debut album, Adrenaline, which shows off Chi Cheng’s unique bass playing style.  Send all your positive energy his way for a full recovery and enjoy the song.  Peace Love and Metal!!!

 

Video of the Week- My Own Summer


I can just picture the record company heads sitting in a room discussing what to do with their up and coming stars, Deftones, new video.  “Sharks, the kids love the sharks, we need sharks.”  “The girls like the guys with eyeliner, lets smear some of it on that singer they all think is hot.”  “Oh, and don’t forget skateboards are back to being the “in” thing again, we need some of those”.  This video is completely random and has mid-90′s written all over it as well as random stuff that the execs thought would attract their target audience.  When I was a teenager I thought this video was pretty random, but cool.  Today, same thing.  If they got one thing right, it’s Sharks are Awesome.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Theme Thursday-Unlikely Covers


Cover songs are a great way for a band to show tribute to their favorite artists, and move out of their comfort zone and have some fun with their music without having to compromise the integrity of their core material.  Here’s a list of some covers done by metal bands that step out of what the bands core sound and cover something that is a little different for them, some of the covers are “metalized” some hone the spirit of the original, but in the end, they’re all pretty damn good covers.  And if you dig the cover version, check out the original, more times than not it’s a great song.  If you know some more unlikely covers let us know in the comments and let us know what your favorite were. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal

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