By now you may have seen our individual end-of-year best albums. If not, our main page is littered with individual lists of what rocked our worlds this year. Please, check it out. For those who stopped by, you probably noticed that we at Metal State have varied taste in metal. Only a few albums made it across multiple annual lists. Having said that, another list is about to get thrown into the mix; a first for this website.
Throughout the year we put together collective reviews we coined as “roundtable” reviews. With all four reviewers providing comments on these reviews, we present to you our Top 15, strictly by the numbers. It is worth noting that some of our roundtable reviews sometimes only include three of four reviewers. To be fair, we left those albums off this list. This Top 15 reflects only those albums where all of us could provide comments. Read the rest of this entry →
Album: Take Over and Destroy – Vacant Face
Label: Comfort Point
Release Date: August 19th, 2014
Length: 47 minutes
Genre: Death ‘n Roll/Sludge
Location: AZ, USA
Release Date: 10 Jan 2014
Length: 60 Min
Genre: Progressive Metal
Studio Albums: N/A
Location: Athens, Greece
Posted by ChristopherMammal
Thus concludeth my selection of albums that couldeth be either prog rock or prog metal, as the mantis said unto the moth before eatething it. Muncheth, muncheth, went the mantis. “Ow! Verily, friggin’ oweth!” wailed the moth.
This is the first time I’ve started a music post with a biology lesson.
It’s always good to keep ones ear to the underground lest one may miss out on the occasional gem that rolls on by making a cry for genuine attention yet gets smothered by the deluge of all the other bands (and many other gems) vying for your ear for a small amount of time. While wading in the sea of unsigned bands, Wall of the Eyeless screamed just loud enough to catch my ear and I’m happy I dove in to investigate the muffled cries. With their new demo album (which doesn’t sound demo quality at all) Wimfolsfestta I found myself really impressed with their base of melodic death metal which is tinged with prog tendencies and blackened edges. And in the about 30 minutes the album played on I was quite engaged and all around simply enjoying the music.
Sure, it’s a tad rough around the edges, but this is one band that has some nice potential and deserves a few minutes in the spotlight (though posting here on this random blog probably won’t give it to them). Anywho, check the record out and if you like it toss them a few bucks or share them with someone you think might be down to enjoy the record. Peace Love and Metal!!!
Firs the first time, A Metal State of Mind (all three of us) are reviewing one album. It’s something we have never done before and thought it would be cool to get three perspectives on one album. The three of us have our favorite metal genres we gravitate to, but Dream Theater is one band we like that we all have in common. Though we do not all agree on which of their albums are the best, you will find at least one Dream Theater album on all three of our “favorite albums” lists. Therefore, it goes without saying, this is probably a good opportunity to compare our thoughts on a new album from a band that has impacted the lives of the three of us at some point in time. Dream Theater’s self-titled album was released on September 23rd and here are or thoughts on their 12th studio album.
I haven’t done one of these in a while, sorry about that. I have however came across a couple of bands that really do fit the bill for my Heavy Metal Hippie moniker quite well. Stoner psychedelic hard prog rock. Just let that glorious genre name sink in a bit. Beautiful, isn’t it. You get the thick grooves of the Stoner genre, that ’60s/’70s classic feel with the Psychedelic and Prog, plus the edge of hard rock. Surely some kind of witchcraft. I totally love it. It’s like Camel, King Crimson, and Jefferson Airplane loaded up a spaceship with the contents of Hunter S. Thompson’s car trunk and their instruments and took a voyage into the far reaches of outer space.
Both of these bands share quite a similar sound going by the songs I’ve heard so far, where Astra tends to have vocals in their songs and Diagonal doesn’t. So if you’re in the mood for some tripped out music, give these bands a shot. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
I didn’t realize I was going to start off my morning being assaulted by the sounds of Antigama. I didn’t know quite what to expect when I hit play and what I was exposed to was brutal to say the least. In a vein much like Napalm Death, Antigama’s concoction of Grindcore comes complete with all the viciousness you should expect, but this Polish outfit has a unique flair to them…almost like Napalm Death meets Voivod, just heavier on the Grindcore. Meteor is released on 28 May 2013 and the 11 songs in its entirety conclude after about 30 minutes. The songs are short, sweet, and utterly wicked with the longest song, Turbulence, chiming in at just 3:33. It is also an instrumental song featuring some electronic and atmospheric elements. Several of the songs are utterly bone crushing such as Meteor, Fed By The Feeling, and Crystal Tune. Overall, Antigama is nothing less than uncompromising. Need a Grindcore fix? Look no further.
This interesting tidbit was sent to us some weeks ago and while not the most ‘metal’ thing in the world, maybe some of you out there will get a kick out of it, I know I did. Basically it’s a trilogy of E.P.s by an instrumental band called Robot Monkey Arm which pay homage to great film scores like the ones you would hear in a Spaghetti Western, ’70s Exploitation Flick, or cheesy Sci-Fi movie. The band doesn’t do exact covers, but instead uses the atmospheres of the scores to create some cool atmospheres in their original scores. In the music you get an eclectic mix of metal, funk, prog, surf rock, chiptune, and jazz, and it’s all a damn good time on each tune. My favorite of the bunch is a tune called “Cinema Vomitif” where there is this whole ‘James Bond does Mortal Kombat in Hell after ingesting a couple tabs of blotter acid’ feel to it.
So, if you dig movie scores, especially those of the ’60s and ’70s, and experimental music, do give this E.P. Trilogy a listen. And as always, if you dig it pass the good word onto your buddies and stuff. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Some months ago NY’s Lion Splicer sent us their E.P., Valkyrie, for review. Both Reggie and I agreed that they were a damn cool band, dug the raw rock and roll with hints of punk rock style, but could have used some refinement and tightening up in some areas, but the songwriting was solid and the music was damn fun. Well, Lion Splicer have just released their first full length album, Holiday in Dystopia, and I’m here to say they beefed up their quality ten-fold while maintaining that dirty and raw rock and roll sound that made their E.P. so damn groovy.
Holiday in Dystopia is a half hour of driving tunes steeped in good ol’ rock and roll with hearty dashes of thrash metal, punk rock, and funk tossed in. Lots of killer leads, riffs, punky vocals, and solos brought a smile to my ears. They also added a slight prog rock element to their sound this time around giving their music a much nicer and smoother dynamic. No offense to Max, the vocalist, but my favorite tracks off the album were the 2 instrumental tunes “Forgotten City” and “Utopia in Regalia” where there is some Frank Zappa love popping up along inside the well written jams. While not perfect, Holiday in Dystopia, is a damn fun and diverse listen and shows the rapid rate that this NY duo is improving. If they follow the track they are on now, I see some big things for them in the future.
Give a listen to Holiday in Dystopia, let us know what you thought, and grab a copy for yourself, it FREE! Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!