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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1994 / #2 and #1

It’s 1995 this week. The only reason it starts with the end of 1994 is that I cunningly posted part of 1995 instead of 1994 one day last week. How that happened can only be explained as one of the paradoxes of time travel.

1994, #2: The 3rd And The Mortal – Death Hymn

Album: Tears Laid In Earth
Country: Norway
Genre: Atmospheric Doom Metal


1994, #1: Megadeth – À Tout Le Monde

Album: Youthanasia
Country: USA
Genre: Heavy/Thrash Metal


Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #14 & #13

bc_rich_widow_wmd_bass_top_imageI love the power of a good instrumental song.  Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song.  Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side.  And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut.  Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music.  However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation.  This list is 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library.  I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites.  I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak.  This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times.  Enjoy!

14.  March of the Lor – The Sword

This a particularly heavy The Sword song.  I love how the song can swing from a cool 70s vibe and they turn into a song that could induce a nice circle pit.  The sword has a calm and collective demeanor on stage and still cause a pit; as I witnessed at a show last year.  These dudes can be quite heavy when they want to be and that’s one of the many reasons I like them so much.

13.  Into The Lungs of Hell – Megadeth

Considering all the talent that has ever graced this band, I think they should have recorded more instrumental songs.  Between the rhythm section and their guitar playing prowess, they could have made instrumental songs a regular thing.  But, they have a few and this is the one that made my list.  Again, loads of guitars!  Yay!  This a very well spliced fan video featuring humans…being human.

Marty Friedman picks himself

Elsewhere on the Internet I’m playing a fantasy band game with a bunch of metal people. We take turns to pick a line-up of musicians, one at a time, to make up our perfect fantasy band.

Yesterday Marty Friedman hit me with his axe and said: “Ahem! Guitarist.” I’m sure those exact words came through my speakers.

Marty was guitar man for Megadeth in the final decade of last century. This century he’s done a string of gleaming solo albums. This song is from his new album, Inferno, due for release on 27 May. Maybe Marty won’t do guitars for my first fantasy band, which will have an all-female line-up, but I sincerely hope I get to pick him in the next round before anyone else does. He is such a complete all-round axeman that he could excel in just about any type of metal.


Songs That Define My Taste In Music #8 & #7 (Reggie)

music-taste--large-msg-132724488296Talking to other metal admirers has certainly opened my ears to a world of music I barely knew existed.  I have to say, my library has expanded quite a bit over the years though meeting friends in blogs and social forums.  A recent conversation on a facebook forum called “I, Author of Despair” led me to do some soul searching on songs that define my taste in music, more specifically heavy metal.  When asked, I usually tell people I just like the aggressive nature of the music, but after thinking about it for a bit I realized there are so many other reasons that define my particular taste…reasons that opened the door to my favorite genres and opened further doors to new ones.   Those 10 reasons in no particular order are Speed, Cadence, and Flow; Rhythm and Groove; Guitars; Presentation and Appearance; Disposition; Artistic Impression; Technicality; Poignant Intelligible Lyrics; Storytelling; and Aggression.  Although some of the bands used to articulate the things that define my taste can cross over into multiple areas, I use them as good examples of why it defines my taste in music.

#8 – Guitars

The quickest way to my heavy metal heart is through guitars.  I love a good riff and love even more a solid guitar solo.  If I hear an intro to a song that has a good riff and later follows up with a quality solo, I will usually be hooked.  Yeah, I am that easy.  The rest of the song still has to be good, but my ears gravitate toward guitars, riffs, and solos and if there are two guitarists in a band that do tandem and trade-off solos it’s even better.  Megadeth’s Holy Wars…The Punishment Due is one of my favorite songs, but also defines this category for me and probably established my love for good guitar work.  It has everything from a cool intro that still gives me chills when I hear it to multiple solos that are technical and best of all lengthy without being boring.  I love that Chris Broderick is in Megadeth now, but there is no denying the harmonies created by the duo of Mustaine and Friedman back in the day.

Other bands that fit:  Dream Theater, Carcass, Testament, Pantera, and Opeth

#7 – Presentation and Appearance

It’s not the most important thing in the world to look cool on stage, but if a band pulls off a “look” it can certainly add to the experience.  Kiss did it well and so did Slipknot, Alice Cooper, and Marilyn Manson.  Currently, Ghost is tearing up stages all over the world and their presence on stage is so simple, yet so powerful and a perfect fit for their songwriting.  You have to see Ghost to understand what I am talking about.  Other bands try to pull off a certain look and fail on an epic level.  Look at Black veil Brides for example.  I don’t know what they are doing, but they look stupid and have a stupid band name as well.  Another thing that goes along with appearance is presentation.  A band can have the look, but how they present themselves on stage is vitally important.  Ghost, for example, has perfected presentation.  They have done everything right; they have the package deal.  On the other hand, Metallica’s jeans and t-shirts approach always worked fine for me and that’s the perfect presentation for them and other bands like them.

Other bands that fit:  Cradle of Filth, Gwar, Misfits, Fleshgod Apocalypse

America! F**k Yeah!!!!!

fyeahamerica-montageSo today is the 4th of July.  The day the whole world celebrate just how awesome the U.S.A. is and the citizens of the States celebrate their superiority in the world by getting rip-roaring drunk, eating their own weight in meat, buying explosives from other countries (mainly China), and blowing shit up.  It’s damn good time for all.  How do you celebrate the 4th of July in your country?

But in all seriousness the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is one of the most loved holidays in the United States.  Families and friends get together and party hard in celebration of the day the States gained their independence from the British and marks the start to what is easily one of the most controversial countries in the world.  One thing I love about America is the deep and diverse culture we Americans have.  Having so many immigrants from so many different parts of the world has led to this mish mash of random mannerisms from other countries that lends its self to letting an American have a taste of the rest of the world without having to leave the country’s borders (which is a double-edged sword).  But the thing I love most about the States is the music.  Always a trendsetter in the aural entertainment market some of the most loved aspects of music originated in the States, like you know, the blues, which is the base of rock and roll and by proxy heavy metal.

Today I’m just going to brain fart out some songs and bands that make me think of the stars and strips, amber waves of grain, and sea to shining sea as well as other things love about the U.S.A.   Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Fuck Yeah!!!!

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Concert Review: Sonisphere Milan (Rho Fiera) June 8th, 2013 (Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Mastodon, Ghost)

sonisphere2013v2_lr1Between countless bits of memorabilia, various t-shirts, an extensive Iron Maiden discography, and a tattoo of Eddie the Head taking up half of my back it’s quite obvious that I am quite the die-hard Iron Maiden fan.  So the second I heard that Bruce, Steve, Adrian, Nicko, Dave, Janick, and Eddie were going to be making a stop in Milan to headline the Sonisphere festival it was an immediate ticket purchase, especially after a 6 year dry spell where I haven’t seen my all time favorite band live.  At first the only band that was announced was Iron Maiden, and even if Justin Beeber and The Spice Girls were also playing I would have dropped the €60 regardless, I was still curious to which other bands would be on the bill.  Lucky for me the ridiculously Satanic doomsters Ghost were announced as well as a band that truly lives up to their name, Mastodon.  Also on the bill was Megadeth and a couple of other bands whose names escape me and were on the stage too early for me to see.  With such a damn fine line-up and my expectation blasting through the roof did the show live up?  Long story short, Hell Fuck Yeah!!!

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Song of the Week – Foreclosure of a Dream

I am talking a trip down memory lane with this week’s Song of the Week.  Foreclosure of a Dream comes off Megadeth’s Countdown to Extinction album; a classic regarded as one of their best.  Recently, it passed the 20 year mark and it held up quite well over the years.  I also find it interesting that a song written 20+ years ago still applies today…says something about the state of our nation.  Though I don’t think it is as bad as some people make it out to be, I do not wish foreclosure on my worst enemy; maybe a tornado, but not a foreclosure.  All joking aside, this is a great Megadeth song with one of Megadeth’s strongest lineups ever (other than the current one).  I bid you a great day with this Song of the week.

Monday Metal Madness – Grammy Nominations 2012

grammy_awardLast year, for the 2011 Grammy Awards (click here for our 2011 poll), there were some cool deserving bands nominated for an award.  Dream Theater received their first nomination and Mastodon and Megadeth were also nominated.  However, it was Foo Fighters who swept anything and everything related to Rock/Metal.  Nothing bad on them, they deserve to be awarded for their work, they are a great band.  But, it’s painfully obvious that the Grammy Committee is still unable to draw the line between Rock, Hard Rock, and Metal. They need to separate these categories completely.  Incidentally, A Metal State of Mind voters wanted Dream Theater to win.

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21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #3 – Countdown to Extinction (Megadeth)

We are down to the final three songs on our doomsday countdown.  It’s time to rack up credit on the cards trying to enjoy yourselves during the final 72 hours.  Just be prepared to pay it back though when you wake up on the 22nd.  This song should have started the entire countdown, but I forgot about it.  So, here it is representing basically the last 72 hours of the  countdown.

…All are gone, all but one
No contest, nowhere to run
No more left, only one
This is it, this is the Countdown to Extinction…

This album is among Megadeth’s best work.  This particular song is a perfect fit for our countdown within a countdown.  I picked the video below simply because I was at this concert in Seoul, Korea, ironically not that long after I saw Metallica in the same city. I still have both ticket stubs.

Video of the Week – Good Mourning/Black Friday

For those in America, today is affectionately known as Black Friday…the biggest shopping day of the year.  Personally, I went to one Black Friday early bird event several years ago and it was absolute insanity.  I vowed never to do it again.  Today we went to Target for some necessities and it was well past the morning surge.  It was still pretty crazy and quite stressful. One thing that upset me the most is that one thing I wanted to buy for my kids was sold out.  Come to find, they only had 3 or 4 of those items anyway.   They draw you in with the sales, but if you aren’t int he door at the butt-crack of dawn, you will miss out.

What does Megadeth’s Good Mourning/Black Friday have to do with this stressful American shopping day? Nothing.  I just like the title and thought it would make for an appropriate Video of the Week even though it is just live footage.  Below that, you can see some post-Thanksgiving shopping madness if you have never seen it before.  And it doesn’t paint a pretty picture of this American (kind of) tradition.

Here are some actual Black Friday festivities caught on tape.