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Album Review: Coma Ecliptic by Between the Buried and Me


Coma_Ecliptic_cover_art_by_Between_the_Buried_and_MeEver so rarely an album comes by that encapsulates the soul band.  From a group’s particular style to even their namesake, these albums showcase all that is and has propelled them into the leaders of their genres.  Seventh Son of a Seventh Son from Iron Maiden, Pelagial by The Ocean, and Panopticon by Isis are some examples of records that lay in this very small group with both fan and critical praise being forever lauded upon them.  But the big daddy of them all belongs to Scenes from a Memory by Dream Theater.  It is of my opinion that no other album sums up a band as perfectly as that record does.  The music connected to the narrative, the ‘dream’, which is played out through the album, the ‘theater’, is executed so perfectly and passionately I had never thought no other album could ever achieve the multitude of musical accomplishments as deftly as it has done.  That is until Between the Buried and Me unleashed their latest record, Coma Ecliptic, unto the masses for me to listen, absorb, and consume ravenously.

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Roundtable Review: Sleep at the Edge of the Earth by Wilderun


a1806077540_10Label: Self-released

Release Date: 7 April 2015

Songs: 9

Length: 54 minutes

Genre: Progressive Folk Metal

Studio Albums: Olden Tales & Deathly Trails (2012)

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Tales from Bandcamp: Sleep at the Edge of the Earth by Wilderun


a1806077540_10Here’s a fun one for you guys.  Parts sword swinging, beer swilling folk metal, nut crunching death and black metal, parts Opeth-ian prog dynamics, and parts shatteringly beautiful nature metal.  Pretty much, for me, everything this record does check off on my unwritten list of this that make me love a record.
I really don’t have much to say other than I just wanted to make you all aware of this kick-ass batch of tunes.  Great songwriting that is brutal, beautiful, and above all, absolutely fun to listen to over and over again.  Well worth the 7 clams.  Fans of Opeth, Ensiferum, Turisas, and Eluvetie should not skip this one.  Don’t think, trust me, buy it!!!!!
Give it a spin and let us know what you thought.

Roundtable Review: In Times by Enslaved


enslaved-in-times-recensioneLabel: Nuclear Blast

Release Date: 6 March 2015

Songs: 6

Length: 54 minutes

Genre: Extreme prog/Viking/black metal

Studio Albums: 11 previous

Location: Bergen, Norway

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Retro Round Table Review: Imaginations from the Other Side by Blind Guardian


imaginations_from_the_other_sideAlbum Review: Blind Guardian – Imaginations From The Other Side

Label: Virgin

Release Date: April 5th, 1995

Songs: 12

Length: 1 hour 8 minutes

Genre: Power Metal

Studio Albums: 9 plus 1 compilation album

Location: Krefeld, Germany

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Tales From Bandcamp: Gastronomicon by Slugdge


a0911148520_10A concept band that plays proggy sludge metal about slugs.  How novel.  And like most novel things, I’m all about checking stuff like that out.  What else I’m all about, when a record/band with a novel concept turns out to be freaking great and flat-out kicks some metal ass.  Packed with elephantine riffs, slimy solos, viscous rhythms, and pissed off vocals this record is turning out to be one of the more interesting, varied, and engaging records I’ve heard this year.  At times it sounds like Revocation played through a pool of sludge, at others kind of a blackened Mastodon; always kicking ass.  Oh, and those song names and lyrics, genius!

If you’re hankering for something cool to listen to, do yourself a favor and give Gastronomicon a spin, I promise you won’t be dissappointed.  The record is also ‘pay what you want’ if you happen to be on a budget (though, even if you’re poor as dirt, you’ll be cool enough to toss the band a few bucks instead of nothing, right? Right!?).  Enjoy some Slugdge :)  Peace Love and Metal!!!!!

Round Table Review: The Flesh Prevails by Fallujah


fallujah-thefleshprevails-620x619Album Review: Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails

Label: Unique Leader Records

Release Date: July 22nd, 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 41:32

Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Studio Albums: Leper Colony (EP – 2009), The Harvest Wombs (2011), Nomadic (EP – 2013)

Location: CA, USA

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1995 / #10 and #9


My 1995 kicks off with two bands I’ve loved for two decades. OK, Ayreon is a project, not a band as such, but you know what I mean.

1995, #10: Ayreon – Sail Away To Avalon

Album: The Final Experiment
Country: Netherlands
Genre: Prog Metal

 

1995, #9: Monster Magnet – Dopes to Infinity

Album: Dopes To Infinity
Country: USA
Genre: Stoner Metal

 

Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1994 / #8 and #7


I see I royally screwed up yesterday. I posted my #8 and #7 for 1995, not 1994. I’ll edit that post to show the correct year. Here are the songs I should have used for 1994.

1994, #8: In Flames – Lunar Strain

Album: Lunar Strain
Country: Sweden
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

 

1994, #7: Vanden Plas – My Crying

Album: Colour Temple
Country: Germany
Genre: Prog Metal