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!!!
#85 Voimasta ja Kunniasta by Moonsorrow
When I first discovered the world of folk metal by way of Eluveitie I was instantly driven to go out and hunt down some more bands in the genre. In my search I found many great bands, but one day I came across a fan made video for the song “Sankarihauta” (posted below). Let’s just say that it was love at first sight and within a matter of minutes I ran out and grabbed my first of many Moonsorrow albums, Voimasta…. The epicness of this record is only superseded by some of the bands later works.
It took the San Franciscan prog metal band Hammers of Misfortune five albums to finally get an official video out there. In one sense that cool, let the music build the picture. In the other, well, I just like music videos. Their new video for the title track off 17th Street is pretty cool and has a lot of shaky and fast camera movements. It fits the song well and is done in a cool style. If you haven’t checked out HoM yet, I abhor you to do so if you consider yourself a fan of prog rock. They are one of the most criminally unknown bands out there today (I guess their deal with Metal Blade Records is helping them come to the spotlight a bit more and get the recognition they deserve). Anywho, check out the video and let us know what you thought. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Over the past couple years I’ve come to really appreciate the sounds of guitarist and songwriter John Cobbett. He’s probably a name many have never heard of due to him keeping himself out of the spot light along with the bands that he has been part of. His proggy style is always fun to listen to as well as the great tones he employs on his instruments. The three major bands he is/has been a part of all benefit greatly from he contributions. His DIY approach to writing and recording give each album he is a part of a nice earthy, homegrown sound and have a nice analog warmth to them. Whether you are listening to the diverse and proggy sounds of Hammers of Misfortune, the psychedelic black metal of Ludicra, or the power folk prog cock rock what ever it is Lord Weird Slough Feg it is guaranteed that you are going to be listening to a solid and expertly crafted record.
If you already dig on the bands he’s been a part of, then cool, you are one step ahead of the rest so go vote on your favorite musical vehicle of his. If not, check out the posted tunes below and delve into the musical genius of John Cobbett and the friends that he plays with, and feel free to do some video jumping digging a bit deeper into each bands catalog. Then give a vote to your favorite of the 3. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
Hammers of Misfortune
Lord Weird Slough Feg
Hey all!!! Hope everyone had an awesome holiday season and kick off to the New Year. Now that we are at the start of 2012 I think it’s fair that we release our personal Top 15 Albums of 2011. Making this years list was quite a difficult charge. I’ve been seeing around on the internets that many were disappointed in 2011… Myself, this was one of the best years in metal, ever, making the narrowing down of the best around a bit tricky. There were great follow-ups, amazing breakthrough albums, and some wonderful debut albums. I also discovered many new bands to listen to this year with a good handful cracking my Top 15. If anyone is complaining that “new music sucks”, well they aren’t listening. There is an innumerable amount of great stuff to check out, you just have to have an open mind and give anything that catches your ear a listen (or eye if the album has great artwork). If you do a little searching for your tunes every year will be the best year in music for you(and with the internet finding awesome tunes is so much easier and cheaper than before, until you start finding music you love and going on some shopping sprees :) ). Positive thinking and law of attraction and all that stuff.
When making my list the criteria I used was how often I listened to each album, initial impact and how long that first impression lasted, and how well the album grew on me. I hope you all enjoy my picks and hopefully find some cool new music to listen to. And if you look at my list and think of a band that would be right up my alley, let me know!! And let us know what some of your favorite albums were for 2011. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
With the last month of the year closing in it’s time to start thinking about the best releases of the year. And, wow, what can I say, this has had to have been one of the best years ever in metal, awesome album after awesome album and they’re still coming(seriously go back a couple posts and check out that Cormorant full album stream, you won’t be sorry). Right now I’m mulling around for who is in the running for the crown and along with Steven Wilson, Machine Head, Cormorant, and Moonsorrow, newcomers to my music library Hammers of Misfortune have a strong chance at getting their hands on the prize with their album 17th Street. Here is one of my favorite songs off the record “The Day the City Died”. It also serves to be something a bit topical and fits in quite well with the “Occupy Wall St.” protests(which I support) that have been going on around the world. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Song lyrics and some insight on the song by Hammers singer/multi-instumentalist/writer John Cobbett after the jump.
Hammers of Misfortune are a band that came out of nowhere and caught me completely off guard. I was browsing the internet and came across a link that led to the official full album stream of their upcoming album 17th Street, so I figured why the hell not and clicked and started giving it a listen. I was immediately drawn in by the sludge metal intro that was peppered with prog leads and some commanding and interesting vocals (which sound reminiscent of Keith Caputo of Life of Agony). Then about one minute into the second track’s crushing and trashy riffs and rhythms and serpentine leads I knew that this was going to be one album I would have to stick with to the end. I did, and 17th Street didn’t disappoint.