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Roundtable Review: Between the Madness by VanGough

a0236553750_2Label:  Nightmare Records

Release Date:  Out Now

Songs:   12

Genre:  Prog

Studio Albums:  This is their 5th release

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What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox – 20 Feb 2014 Post #3

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????It’s time for the third installment of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox for 2014.  This time around we have excess material floating in the mailbox, therefore I will sift through it and bring you what I think is the best and most eclectic bunch.  Here you go, I hope you find something you like.  Enjoy!


Song:  Save Me

Genre:  Power/fantasy metal

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Album Review: Barishi – Barishi

a1011659946_10Label: Independent

Release Date:  December 2, 2013

Songs:  8

Length: 42 minutes

Genre:  Progressive metal/psychedelic

Location:  Vermont, USA

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #20-16

Top100A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.


#20 Ihsahn – angL

I might be considered strange who prefer Ihsahn’s solo albums over his work in Emperor. But who cares, right? By now you all know I’m a sucker for a strong, unique singing voice and Ihsahn is one of a kind. His style of blackened progressive metal includes amazing riffs, dark melodies, relaxing bass lines, vicious screams and thoughtful, poetic lyrics. Like an all-in-one-package. Perfect.

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Album Review: Caligula’s Horse – The Tide, The Thief & River’s End


Caligula’s Horse has crafted songs that are so alive and so powerful that I get tears in my eyes. Their music makes me do more than just listen, I’m feeling it, I’m living it.  


Genre: Progressive rock/metal with a unique, modern and intelligent sound

Recommended for fans of: Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree, Karnivool, Dream Theater, TesseracT, concept albums, interesting music

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Song Of The Week: Caligula’s Horse – Dark Hair Down

If you have the slightest interest in progressive rock/metal, especially the kind with a good rhythm section and great guitar work, and some of your favourite bands happen to be named Opeth, Tool, Karnivool, Porcupine Tree  or Pain of Salvation, you need to check out the Australian band Caligula’s Horse. Don’t worry, they are not copying aforementioned bands, they do have a very nice style of their own and perfectly blends modern metal with a more classic proggy sound and outstanding vocals.

I first saw their name on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, as a recommendation by the band Ne Obliviscaris. Because they were mentioned by Ne Obliviscaris (another awesome band) and in the same sentence as “great gigs” and “Twelve Foot Ninja” (my latest musical addiction), I decided to investigate it further. After a couple of days and their new album ‘The Tide, The Thief and River’s End’ on repeat, I’m sold. Completely. In love. Head over heels…

Dark Hair Down‘ provides a taste of it, but the album has so much more than this to offer:


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Song Of The Week: The Sun Explodes – SevenThreeOne

The UK-based band The Sun Explodes just released their second full length album ‘We Build Mountains’ showing off their high quality musicianship. It’s one of the most unique sounding albums I’ve heard this year, and as always with these types of albums, it’s very difficult to describe the music. The Sun Explodes mixes proggy instrumental delicacy with a creative use of fast-paced metal and dramatic melodies. ‘SevenThreeOne’ is a good example of what they sound like; it has fantastic powerful, passionate singing mixed with growling and crazy falsettos as well as  innovative and technical guitar parts together with extremely catchy grooves. The first time I heard it, I almost turned it off after the first few seconds, thinking it was something I wouldn’t like. But I continued to listen and it quickly grew on me until I was completely addicted to their captivating sound.


Concert Review: UK Tech Metal Fest 2013 part 2 – Shattered Skies, Drewsif Stalin, Uneven Structure, Skyharbor


Uneven Structure


Bands playing: Colors To Shame, Above The Earth, Immerse, Kartikeya, Shattered Skies, Red Seas Fire, Aeolist, Drewsif Stalin, Destiny Potato, Disperse, Xerath, Uneven Structure, Skyharbor, Veil of Maya  

Afterparty: Bilo Super Jam – members from different bands.

This was the day when three of my absolute favourite bands were going to play. And I mean hugely favourite bands. So be warned, I might enter fanboy(girl)-mode. For a general review of the festival and the bands from the first day, check out part 1. I will cover the lineup of Sunday in part 3. These three parts won’t include all the bands playing, not even all of the ones I did end up watching; I’ve only chosen the ones I liked the best.


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Video Of The Week: Shattered Skies – 15 Minutes

In less than a week I’ll be off on a plane to Great Britain to attend U.K Tech Metal Fest 2013. The line up this year is delicious, so I just had to buy a ticket even though it’s “only” a small festival on the countryside, far away in distant country… I’ve been wanting to see TesseracT live for a couple of years now, as well as Uneven Structure and when I saw that Skyharbor was on the line up too, I knew I had to go or I would regret it for the rest of my life.

Another band that is playing on the festival and that I’ve been enjoying a lot lately is the Irish band Shattered Skies. They are soon releasing their first full length album ‘The World We Used To Know’ and ‘15 minutes‘ is the first single + video from it. They make some really catchy, proggy songs with an original sound.


Song of the Week – Sentinel

Based on the title, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought this was about Judas Priest.   Sorry to say, it’s not.  This is about a band called KingBathmat from the United Kingdom.  I got wind of their latest album Truth Button and enjoyed it quite a bit.  It gave me the feel of an edgier Transatlantic.

Sentinel is the new single from their forthcoming album Overcoming the Monster set for release on July 22.  Though it has only six tracks it looks to be near the 50 minute mark (I didn’t do the math, but it looks close to that)…progressive music at its best.  Enjoy this hump day and for those that celebrate it, have a great Independence Day this Thursday and through the weekend…I hope it’s a nice long weekend for you.