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News that we pick up from the web, or news with the blog site.

A Metal State of Mind Goes on Hiatus


Hiatus implies that we may be back at some point down the road, but the feeling right now is that this will be permanent and the decision is mutual between the four of us.  What can I say, we’ve simply run out of steam…all of us at the same time.  However, the possibility exists this website could be dusted off in the future.  You never know.  It’s been a great run…6 years we’ve been at this.

We would like to thank all the readers that engaged with us discussing important things in life like Metal.  Thank you to all the publicists, bands, artists, and everyone else that found us and gave us a chance to say something about your music.

From Reggie (me), Matt, Mik, and Chris…thank you for everything!

A Metal State of Mind 2010-2016.

RoundTable Review: Dream Theater – The Astonishing


Dream-Theater-The-AstonishingAlbum:  The Astonishing

Label:  Roadrunner Records

Release Date:  29 Jan 2016

Songs:   34

Length:  2 hours, 11 minutes

Genre:  Progressive Metal

Studio Albums:  When Dream and Day Unite (1989); Images and Words (1992); Awake (1994); Falling into Infinity (1997); Metropolis Pt 2:  Scenes from a Memory (1999); Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002); Train of Thought (2003) Octavarium (2005); Systematic Chaos (2007); Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009); A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011); Dream Theater (2013).

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Album Review: Black Tusk – Pillars of Ash


0781676729425_300It’s been a while since Black Tusk’s EP Tend No Wounds graced the paged of A Metal State of Mind.  Somehow, I missed the 2014 EP, Vulture’s Eyes; it’s impossible to catch everything, right?  At least someone back me up on that.  So, here we are with Pillars of Ash, the first full album release since 2011. Was it worth the wait? Well, if you are into sludgy, hardcore-infused metal, then my short answer is yes.  Despite coming in at just 35 minutes, the album packs a punch that I am sure will be inspiring a frenzy of circle pits or at the very least, a few thrown chairs.

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Mammal’s Best of 2015 – Part 1/10


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The grim-faced troops brace themselves. The whistle blows and the sergeant yells, “Over the top, men!” They emerge from the trench to a hailstorm of machine-gun bullets.

I’m glad my sorting of hundreds of albums in various categories wasn’t anything like that, except for the “over the top” part. Or maybe “overboard” would be a better word. I cannot contain myself, not only because of my expanding waistline but because I love so many kinds of music. Last year didn’t disappoint me; 2015 was a great year for all the main genres I’ve grown to love during my two-thirds of a century.

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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for Q4, 2015 – Part 2


SonC logoSeven more top albums with female vocalists, courtesy of our friends at Sonic Cathedral. Be sure to visit the SC website and Facebook page. If something good is happening in femme rock or metal, SC covers it.

As you all know, seven is a lucky number if there’s a competition and you draw number seven and number seven wins the prize. It’s also lucky if there are seven friends and they receive seven tickets to a metal concert. I keep drawing number 3.14159 these days so I haven’t won anything. No matter, here are seven winners to make me feel much better. Enjoy them! You’ll feel better too.

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Mik’s Top 20 Albums of 2015


 

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Couldn’t fit Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors on the list. Also, switched Claret Ash – The Cleansing with Moonspell at the last second… now it looks like this:

20. Moonspell – Extinct (gothic metal)
I’m surprised too. Moonspell? Well, this band has been with me from the beginning of my metal years, and even though I’ve kind of lost interest in their music, with “Extinct” I’m back on their side again. Maybe the dark, slightly cheesy songs bring back old memories, or maybe it’s just that Fernando Riberio’s voice is spell-binding me. He sounds just as gorgeous as he used to 20 years ago! Listen here.

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19. Misthyrmning – Songvar Elds og óreidu (mysterious black metal)
Soulful, deep black metal from Iceland, with a tiny touch of rhythmic folk music, wrapped in a mind twisting atmosphere.

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18. Outre – Ghost Chants (eerie black)
Wicked is good… “Ghost Chants” is bizarre, freaky and uncomfortable.

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17. Pyramids – A Northern Meadow (fresh ambient metal)
Layers upon layers, endlessly complex textures and soaring vocals. It changes shape every time I listen, from black metal to David Bowie, and it melts my heart.

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Matt’s Top 15 Albums of 2015


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Hello all you lovely readers!!!  Thanks for sticking with us during this very quiet second half of 2015.  While we may have been quiet it by no means we haven’t been digging on glorious, glorious metal.  And ho boy, what a hell of a year this was.  So many great releases from so many great bands.  Since there is so much great music I enjoyed this year and it being 2015 and all, instead of my usual ten best albums of the year I’m bumping it up to 15 plus 5 quick honorable mentions.  Too keep things still interesting I will only be ordering my top five and splitting the rest up into tiers with albums presented in no particular order.  I hope you find some kick ass tunes to check out here ass every one of these albums deserves your attention and time.

Best of wishes to your holidays and to your 2016!  May it be filled with loud grinding guitars, pulverizing drums, and people screaming in your ears!!!  PEACE LOVE AND METAL!!!!

Honorable Mentions

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Roundtable Review: Meliora by Ghost (B.C.)


ghostmelioracdAlbum Review: Ghost – Meliora

Label: Lorna Vista Records (USA), Spinefarm/Rise Above (Europe)

Release Date: Aug. 21st, 2015

Songs: 10

Length: 41:35

Genre: Doom Metal/Psychedelic Rock/Pop

Studio Albums: Opus Eponymous, Infestissumam

Location: Linköping, Sweden

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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for August


SonC logoMany thanks again to our buddies at Sonic Cathedral for sharing their reviews of the last month. In case you haven’t seen one of these posts before, we do a digest of their reviews. They specialise in rock and metal with female vocalists.

Everyone who is or wants to be anyone in FF rock and metal must, must visit Sonic Cathedral. They have a website/online store and a Facebook page. I don’t know any music site that goes into more depth in its reviews.

 

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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for July


SonC logoOur friends at Sonic Cathedral reviewed three albums in July. Two of the albums are hard rock and the third album is as much hard rock as metal. Accordingly, all three albums feature powerful, clean female vocals, considerable melody in the compositions, and plenty of driving beat and oomph.

Sonic Cathedral’s website and Facebook page focus mainly on metal with female vocalists. However, they also cover many types of rock. The SC July selections show how comfortably hard rock and heavy metal go hand-in-hand. SC is a great destination for fans, performers and promoters of what has become known as female-fronted metal and rock.

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