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Metal Meets Yoga


cropped-mudra-sans-faceIn the last couple of months I picked up this thing called yoga.  You might have heard of it.  That thing where you do strength and flexibility poses and it’s supposed to make you strong, limber, and cleansed in the mind and body.  Ask a yogi and they will probably give you a more philosophical answer to what yoga does for a body.  In layman’s terms, all I can tell you is that I feel freakin’ good when it’s over.  I am getting more flexible and stress-free and that’s kind of important at my ripe old age of 40.  I attribute my progress specifically to my twice-weekly sessions.  See, only twice a week and I have come so far.  Who says they don’t have time for this?  Anyway.  When it’s over, I feel like all I need is a shower and a bed – I feel so relaxed.  Something must be working and I found that I am starting to “need” these yoga sessions twice a week.  It’s kind of addicting. Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun


75579_insomnium_shadows_of_the_dying_sunAlbum:  Shadows of the Dying Sun

Songs:  11

Length:  63 Minutes

Record Label:  Century Media

Release Date:  29 April 2014

Style: Melodic Death Metal

Home:  Finland

Discography:  In the Halls of Awaiting (2002); since the Day it All Came Down (2004); Above the Weeping World (2006); Across the Dark (2009); One for Sorrow (2011). Read the rest of this entry

EP Review: Insomnium – Ephemeral


downloadI am a little late to the Insomnium game.  My first taste was during the release of One For Sorrow and as a result of that album, they cemented themselves as a band of interest in my life.  I then went back one album and enjoyed that too.  I still have others on my list of albums to buy and will get to them soon I hope.  I also had a cool opportunity to meet them and see them live a couple of years ago.  Needless to say, when a new EP presented itself to me (or the world I should say), two things went through my mind.  First, where the hell did this come from and second, why just an EP?  I can’t say I am complaining, but I am a little bit because I was looking forward to a full-length release.  However, if there is one thing I learned in my life is patience and I am sure the full-length studio album will follow.  Based on my minimal research, there will be an album in 2014.  So, we wait, but for now we can enjoy four new tracks; three of which are instrumental.

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Album Reviews: Taketh – Ignorance Is Strength and Noumena – Death Walks With Me


a1775136158_10Taketh – Ignorance Is Strength

Taketh is a Swedish melodic death metal band and this is their second full length album. It contains ten tracks of typical sounding melo death, with growling vocals, melodic choruses and middle paced songs. The songs are well written and well performed and although the lyrics are a bit simple and too cliché, it still works out okay. After a couple of listens it gets a bit repetitive, both the music and the vocals don’t have much variation to them and some riffs seem a bit overused. I like the guitar solos and the more screamy, powerful vocals that appear at times. More of that and a little more diversity and maybe it could have been a more than average release. The last song is titled “Mind Numbing Crap” and makes me suspect the band isn’t overly serious about this release and when I hear it ends with someone saying “Oh well, shut up” in Swedish, I smile to myself and think my suspicions were probably right. But I hope Taketh are having fun when creating music, which is all that matters in the end!

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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Favorite Videos of 2012


FilmAfter looking at my top 10 favorite videos of the year, I can imagine I missed out on so many cool videos.  Since seeking out videos on YouTube is pretty much my only avenue for visually stimulating music, I miss out on quite a bit due to lack of time.  If the could only be extended a couple more hours…

The other best avenue for checking out cool videos is through you readers, bloggers, and friends on facebook or other blog sites and I thank you for opening my eyes each year to so many awesome bands.   Below is a list of videos I thought were cool enough to make my top 10 for 2012.  I will keep my commentary short and let the videos do the talking because that’s what they are supposed to do.  And if you watch these videos and understand the meaning behind the music, then the video served its purpose.  I do have one exception and I will explain that one when I get to it at #5.

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Concert Review: Paradise Lost


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Paradise Lost graced the Waterfront in Norwich, Norfolk, on 30 April 2012.  I had the fortunate experience of being there, center stage, to watch the veterans of gothic doom perform a wide range of their discography to the loud, albeit sparse Monday night crowd.   This concert review is coming from a different angle this time around.  Instead of reviewing the show from a distance as a spectator, my review is based on the experience.  Not only did I get to meet Paradise Lost, I also got to meet the Finnish support act, Insomnium – double bonus!  This is more than just a show review…it’s my awesome VIP experience with veteran doom masters.

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Video(s) of the Week – Honesty In Death & Regain The Fire


This week’s video of the week is a double dose of doom and gloom. I mean that in a good way. In the near future I will have the pleasure of seeing Paradise Lost with special guest Insomnium. It just so happens, both bands released new videos and you can wrap up your week with them here. The double feature is Paradise Lost, Honesty in Death, from their forthcoming album Tragic Idol and Insomnium, Regain the Fire, from their current release One for Sorrow.

I am new to Finland’s Insomnium; I really like their blend of death metal and doom. One For Sorrow is the first album I bought from them and it has had regular play on my music playing devices. I think their appearance on the upcoming Paradise Lost will provide a harder edge compared to the more slow/doom that Paradise Lost has mastered over the years. This is Insomnium’s latest video. Enjoy!

Tragic Idol is the new album from the U.K.’s Paradise Lost. Fans will be graced with its presence in April; just around the corner. Honesty in Death is their new video, another visually stimulating depiction to follow-up the more disturbing Faith Divides Us video from their album Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us. Based on this video, it appears Paradise Lost is continuing with their trend toward the more heavy-doom style they started with many full-moons ago. I am definitely looking forward to the new album. Have a great weekend.

Song(s) of the Week – Paradise Lost & Insomnium (Tour News for UK)


Today’s song of the week is double-bill of bands I just found out are coming to a club near me – Norwich, England, at the end of April.  Paradise Lost is headlining a UK tour with Finland’s Insomnium.  This is promising to be an intimate night of gloom and doom; up close and personal with two bands I have never seen before.  Below (page 2) are the dates for those living in the UK and also two songs for this week.

Check the next page for UK tour dates!

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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Top 15 Albums of 2011


To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!

If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example.  I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists.  I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like.  Thank you for tuning in this year.  We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!

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Album Review – Insomnium – One For Sorrow


When you come across good metal unexpectedly it makes for a real nice treat. That’s what happened to me today when I realized I forgot to look and see what was released this past Tuesday. With all the bands that have released new material over the last 6-weeks, I forgot to check and see what else was released. This is how I came across Insomnium. To the best of my knowledge, I never heard of this band before, but based on the band’s name, I guessed a couple of things correctly. A – they would probably be from Scandinavia and B – they would sound like they were from Scandinavia. If this were a final question on Rock Jeopardy, I would have won a lot of money.

One for Sorrow was released on Tuesday the 18th in North America; a bit earlier in other parts of the world. Insomnium created a piece of work that masterfully intertwined all the elements that make Scandinavian death/melodic/melancholy bands so great. It’s all there; the awesome guitar work; growling & semi clean vocals; and a melody that leaves you feeling beaten, bruised, and well…tranquil. Melancholy is supposed to make you feel sad and depressed, but in metal it’s more of a soothing effect…like the calm before a storm.

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