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Missed Reviews: Killswitch Engage; Bullet For My Valentine; Ghost Brigade; Toxic Holocaust; Skeletonwitch; Cradle of Filth


If I had it my way I would by every album I want with the money that grows on this tree outside.  But, since the world doesn’t work like that some potential album purchases get pushed to the wayside until a time arises when the wallet fairy says it’s time to buy.  In some cases, like with Ghost Brigade, I never knew they existed.  So, thanks to people like you, readers, fellow bloggers, and my Metal State cohorts, I get introduced to all kinds of bands, hence Ghost Brigade.  This segment is something I never did before, but I thought it would be cool to catch up on a few things I never got around to or freshly introduced to.  If you are like me, I hope you find something you like.  Enjoy!

Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent (2013)

Killswitch Engage is a band that was never really on my radar, but I could count on them for some pretty cool songs off each album; not to mention one cover I am really fond of.  In fact, by the time I heard of the band I didn’t even realize they were on a second vocalist in Howard Jones.  So, when I heard Jesse Leach was returning to the band I barely noticed there was ever much of a difference from the old to the most recent of their albums at the time.  When news of the latest album broke, I figured I would get around to it…well, that time is now.

I have to say my generalized opinion has changed a bit from my previous position.  I rather enjoy the new work.  I still only hear barely a difference in vocal style from Jones back to Leach, but music I find more attractive than past endeavors from Killswitch camp.  I felt most of their songs were a bit choppy whereas the Disarm the Descent has a smoother cadence and flow. Overall, a little bummed I didn’t grab it upon release, but I am happy to have it now and have given it several pleasurable spins.

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Monday Metal Madness – 56th Grammy’s


1015599-grammy-award-617-409It’s time for the *yawn* Grammy’s; excuse me I don’t mean to be rude, but this normally a waste of time for metal and for people who like metal.  However, this year might be a bit different.  Keep in mind this is America; we are talking about a country where metal is not as out in the open as it is across Europe.  I miss Europe!  I can see where my European friends would think this is a weak list of “metal” bands, and I would normally agree, but again this America and I want to point out one thing.  These are all metal bands.  Last year, Halestorm beat out Megadeth, Anthrax, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden and Lamb of God if I remember correctly.  Really?  Nothing against the catchy Halestorm, but they won out of sheer popularity and record sales.  They got played on the radio…during daylight hours.  It just goes to show that the people who run the Grammy’s and/or cast votes know nothing about “great” metal.  Again, nothing against Halestorm, I do like them, but how does a band like that beat such heavyweights?  The year before, Foo Fighters cleaned house and though they are a great band, I wouldn’t exactly call them metal.  Again, they beat out actual metal bands.

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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #14 – Holy Diver


imagesCovering a song originally recorded by Dio is a bold move.  His vocals and his style are unique, but besides that point, Dio is a metal icon (RIP).  So, covering his music should be done with great care.  This is where Killswitch Engage comes in.  I have had a hard time getting into Killswitch Engage over the years.  They have a few bone-crushing songs per CD, but other than that I was never that much into them or thought of them as a great band.  Their cover of Dio’s Holy Diver, however, ranks supreme among the many metal covers out there.

Killswitch Engage made it their own.  Obviously, it is easily recognizable as one of Dio’s great songs which is important when covering a song, but KE took things to a new level by adding their signature style to it.  The song can be found on As Daylight Dies, but was originally recorded for Kerrang’s High Voltage compilation.

Here is the version recorded by Killswitch Engage found on the album As Daylight Dies (2006).

Below is the original recorded by Dio in 1982 from the album Holy Diver.

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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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Awesome Covertunes


It’s always nice when a band plays tribute to some of their influences.  So I’ve compiled a list of 10 covertunes that are really, really, really wicked good.  Personally, covertunes should be done one of two ways; either cover the song exactly for what how it was intended or completely remake it, but keep it at least recognizable as a tribute song.  Anywhere in the middle is usually blah…

So here is my list of 10 covertunes that bring an older song back to life.

Bullet For My Valentine – Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Original by Metallica

Faith No More – Easy - Original by The Commodore’s

Five Finger Death Punch - Bad Company - Original by Bad Company

Killswitch Engage - Holy Diver - Original by Dio

Machine Head - Hallowed Be Thy Name - Original by Iron Maiden

Trivium – Master of Puppets - Original by Metallica

Chimaira – Disposable Heroes - Original by Metallica

Hatebreed – Ghost of War - Original by Slayer

The Bronx Casket Company – My Way - Original by Frank Sinatra

DevilDriver – Wasted Years - Original by Iron Maiden

It looks to me like a good pool of songs to cover were originally recorded by either Metallica or Iron Maiden.  There are many more covertunes that could have made this list, but these are the ones that stuck out for me the most.  I could probably easily redo this list with 10 other songs.  You know what, lets extend it out five more songs…here goes.

Susperia – Lack of Comprehension - Original by Death

Machine Head – Message in a Bottle - Original by The Police

Queensryche – Synchronicity II - Original by The Police

Children of Bodom – Hell is for Children - Original by Pat Benetar

Dream Theater – Comfortably Numb - Original by Pink Floyd

If you know more covertunes that deserve special attention please let us know.   I’m going to stop now before I go another five…

Song of the Day – 17 January 2011


Happy Monday all and if you have the day off like me, then happy day off as well.  Today’s song of the day is:

Holy Diver (covered) by Killswitch Engage off the album As Daylight Dies (Special Edition)

This is one of the better covers out there.  Have a great day!

Song of the Day- 5 November 2010


Happy Friday Metal Fans,

Today’s SOTD is “Take Me Away” by Killswitch Engage, from their album “Killswitch Engage”

This is a great song, and the opening riff totally makes the whole song for me.  Killswitch Engage is a band that seems to enjoy what they do, and it shows in their music and their videos.

Have a great weekend, everyone.