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What’s Cookin’ In The Inbox: 16 Apr 2014 Post #4

832mailboxIt’s been a little while since the last batch of music samples has been posted for your listening pleasure.   Now that I have had a nice break in career activities I found time to sift through a bunch of emails.  Below is an assortment of things that might interest you.  My goal, as it is most of the time, is to bring you bands that cross a broad spectrum of genres for your sampling enjoyment.  As always we give thanks to those that reach out to us.  Thank you for thinking of us.  Enjoy this edition of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox.

Band:  Vie Jester

From:  Los Angeles, CA

Social Media:  facebook 

Other:  Website 

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Stream of the Week: Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch

How it that a band like Ringworm passes me by unnoticed?  Just when I feel I am broadening my horizons in metal to the nth degree, awesome bands just appear out of nowhere.  Except, they aren’t from nowhere.  They are from Cleveland.  That’s somewhere.  I know it is because I have driven through there like four times – never stopped.  Perhaps it’s all about marketing because I just checked, I am not living under a rock.  Anyway, if their Relapse Records debut album, Hammer of the Witch, doesn’t inspire chair throwing before 1:18 into Dawn of Decay, then I don’t know what to say about you except that you probably like Nickelback.

Their release date, 18 March 2014, kind of came and went like any other day.  Then I started seeing all these posts about the band as it soon appeared in our own inbox.  I figure it’s worth checking out.  To make a long pointless story short, it’s a killer mix of everything great about groove, hardcore, thrash, and death metal.  The vocals are intense, yet mostly coherent which is not always important, but nice when you can make out more than a few words.  Seriously, if I needed to hire someone to yell at my kids to get them to go to bed on time, I would hire this guy.  Listen and you will see why.

Overall, the album is pretty f’n solid; fifteen tracks of break neck, throw something across the room viciousness.  Enjoy!

Album Review: Def-Con-One – II

SC 235-2 DEF-CON-ONEThe opening riff in H8 Ball reminds me of a familiar Pantera riff.  The similarity kind of ends there as the song evolves, but that particular riff gives me an early Pantera feeling.  Besides, there are tons of worse bands to be compared to; Pantera is surely a complement.  Unlike many opening thrash songs that are fast and pulse pounding, this one is more calculated, slow, and bone crushing.  II is the name of Def-Con-One’s second studio album.  It’s a simple enough title broadly indicating the sophomore effort, but does it hold its own weight against their debut, one that was given the nod of approval two years ago here on A Metal State of Mind?  In short, yes.  Their debut was described as a militaristic style with its machine gun double bass and tight riffing.  II offers a similarly intense level of ferocity as Warface, but it’s packaged a bit differently.

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Stream of the Week: Acts of Tragedy – Cursed Words

Acts of tragedy hails from the Mediterranean Island of Sardinia.  Before I get into a little more detail about our Stream of the Week let me try to paint a picture for you.  The band’s listed influences are Pantera The Dillinger Escape Plan, Nevermore, Lamb of god, Periphery, Parkway Drive, Metallica, and Alter Bridge to name a few.  Does that excite our progressive, thrash, and deathcore lovers?  Not sure how Alter Bridge fits into the mix, but Acts of Tragedy certainly embodies a style in line with their influences.

Their six-track EP, Cursed Words, was released 1 July 2013.  The second track, What Remains, features Kevin Talley on drums.  You might know him as one of those drummers that has played roles in “almost” as many bands as Gene Hoglan.  In other words, he gets around and is a cool addition to the track list.  Overall, there is no shortage of aggression, but also includes a more melodic side with the song The Descending DownCursed Words is a helluva start.  I look forward to seeing what Acts of Tragedy brings us in the future.  Check them out for yourself.

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: Fallen Fate – Into The Black

FALLEN-FATE-Into-The-Black-300x300I guess that’s something to say about your band when you become the first “unsigned” band to get to play at England’s famed Download Festival two years in a row.  It’s also has to be pretty cool to be the headlining act on the unsigned stage at England’s up-and-comer metal festival, Bloodstock.  They are definitely stepping off on the right foot.  After coming off a successful debut self-produced album, The Virus Has Spread, Fallen Fate is back with Into the Black – approximately 45 minutes of wreck-your-neck American style thrash metal.

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Roundtable Review: Chapel – Satan’s Rock ’n’ Roll

Chapel CoverLabel: Invictus Productions (Ireland), Spiritual Beast (Japan)

Release Date: CD, 31 July 2012; Vinyl, 4 February 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 33 minutes

Genre: Black heavy/thrash metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: Vancouver, Canada 

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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 15 Albums of 2013

Black Bomb A, Olympic (Nantes) 17/11/2006Initially, I was going to limit my best of 2013 list to just my top 10.  My reasoning was to make my list as tight as I could only highlighting the very best of what moved me during the year.  After looking back at how many albums I listened to or was exposed to, that number hovered around 270 albums.  So, I decided to expand my list to the same standard as previous years. Despite increasing my list to 15, it still only highlights about 5% of all the albums that graced my ear drums this year.  So, what I present to you for the year 2013 my top 15, plus five more honorable mentions that will be posted in the vicinity of this list.

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Mini Reviews: Shrapnel Storm, Hellscream, The Darkstar, Beyond The Oblivion

SHRAPNEL STORM - We Come in Peace... cover art 425wThe good thing about Shrapnel Storm is that they concoct a groovy death metal brew of brutality, but the unfortunate thing is there are only two songs on this way-too-short promo.  Despite this unfortunate conundrum, the two songs donning the We Come In Peace… is packed with enough energy between the two songs that a spot on the radar of bands to watch for is now cemented.  The Finnish death metal band, at the moment, is giving us a taste of what is to come.  Recording for a full-length album will commence in April 2014 with a release date yet to be set.  For now, this is what they have to offer and I, for one, look forward to the full-length album in 2014.

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