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Tales from Bandcamp: A Few Nature Metal Albums I Quite Like


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat exactly is ‘nature metal’?  I don’t know, it’s just a label I slap on stuff that has heavy themes of nature either in the lyrics or music itself.  Often it turns out to be some kind of trippy black metal band, but I don’t just restrict it to that.  Today being Earth Day and all I thought I’d post about some albums I really enjoy from this ‘genre’ as it is one of my favorite subgenres of metal.

Since I like Bandcamp a lot as well and thick everyone should be buying from there, I am restricting this post to records that are available there as well as streamable in full so you guys can give them as listen.  Also, one record per band and stuff that is somewhat modern.  If you have any ‘nature metal’ albums you’d like to recommend to me, please, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Matt’s Top 15 Albums of 2014!!!


tumblr_static_cm4blpgifnwo8wokk0wo4scscIt’s that time of year again for arbitrary lists of really great albums that were released since the last time I did one of these things.  Contributing to my absolute burnout of writing about kick ass metal bands, I can not think of another year where there were just so damn many stellar records released.  I simply had to say fuck it, step back, and enjoy the great stuff I already had.  Sure, I missed out on some great stuff, but on the other hand, all killer no filler.  To try to make up for the insane amount of great albums this year I’ve expanded my usual 10 to 15 and will have an honorable mentions post sometime in the near future.  I hope you find yourself something cool to listen to with this list or at least nod in agreement with some of my picks.  Thanks for reading, sticking with AMSOM, and being awesome and stuff.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2010, #16 – #13


MetalCatAgalloch, possibly Dark Metal Cat’s favourite band, sing about midwinter fires. I’m about to kindle the spirit of a springtime fire. It’s hot, sunny and anything but midwinter here in Zululand.

I’ll be using litchi wood, branches that fell off an ancient tree in the garden. It’s hard and burns for a long time. The last barbecue fire still had glowing embers after 13 hours. That’s even longer than I spend listening to music most days.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2006 / #6 – #4


MetalCatI hope you’ll find upliftment in the darkness and blackness of  a couple of today’s selections. Here’s some related information to uplift you — proof that you’re probably more intelligent than average. A study reported in The Guardian in 2007 revealed that a disproportionate number of members in the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth listed metal as their favourite music.

The Academy is a body of students who rank in the top 5% in academic achievements. Thus the brightest of the bright love metal the most.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1999 / #8 – #7


MetalCatDark Metal Cat’s ears really pricked up when he saw Alabama Thunderpussy on the list for today. He was expecting a Southern belle with a purr like a fuzzy amplifier. He was just as excited to see Agalloch on the list because he claims he invented dark metal.

He refuses to accept that both bands were born long before he was.

 

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Tales From Bandcamp: Marrow of the Spirit by Agalloch


460468120-1Since I’ve already reviewed this album and spoke about it quite a few times, I’ll just be the lazy shit I am and tell you to click here to read my review if you want to know my thoughts on Marrow of the Spirit by Agalloch (pro-tip: it’s a positive review).  Anywho, they now have the record up on Bandcamp, and if you have yet to give it a listen, I implore you to do so.  It’s a damn fine record and also one of my all time favorite albums.  So, Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Proud Monoliths of Metal


220535712973040328_kVQMaV31_cThe other day something caught my attention. I kept seeing the word ‘monolith’ everywhere. Song titles, albums, band names… It popped up when I least expected it, always when I was spending time discovering new bands and albums. I admit, it’s a very good looking word. It feels mysterious and can be used in many different ways. The tall, often erected stone structure is historical, there are many old myths and legends about monoliths, made of one solid piece of rock either shaped by nature or constructed by humans. Maybe the mythical and mystical shape contributes to the fascination we have with these huge rocks?

It made me curious, how many symbolic meanings exist and what are they? How is the symbolism used in song lyrics and album titles?

Something solitary, standing proudly alone. It’s solid and can’t be moved by ordinary men, unaffected by all living creatures. It’s tall, reaches far above and overshadows everything else. Something strong and powerful that can’t and won’t be ignored.

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Maybe these songs below will help in finding more answers..

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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #70 – #66


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#70 Sound of White Noise by Anthrax

Not to put down Joey Belladonna, he’s a great vocalist and was part of some amazing ‘Thrax albums. But when it comes to my personal favorite pick, the John Bush era is where it’s at for me. SOWN has a heavier edge to it due to the band taking a change in direction to fit Bush’s lower octave vocals and the riffs and rhythms just have so much more crunch than their earlier works. I’ve seen/heard that this record gets a lot of guff for ‘selling out’, but whatever, it’s my favorite Anthrax record. Belladonna or Bush, Anthrax rules!

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Full Album (err, EP) Stream: Faustian Echoes by Agalloch


Ever since I laid my ears on the masterpiece The Mantle by North American black metal band Agalloch they thrust themselves into the top echelon of my favorite bands.  Their ability to get such deep feelings of nature and the Earth into their music is pure bliss to my ears.  While many of their lyrics deal with melancholy, sorrow, and loss there is a feel to the music that radiates with beauty, hope, and love creating a wonderful balance of emotions.

They have just released a new E.P. and made it available for all to hear.  Faustian Echoes takes inspiration from the literary masterwork, Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and features some of the heaviest and darkest music Agalloch has written to date.  Recorded as a single track passing the 20 minute mark there is a lot to absorb and listen to in this E.P.  I really enjoy the voice-overs reading sections ofFaust in between the different suites of the tune.  They really add to the narrative of the tune and give it a darker and more intense feel.  But enough talk.  Crank up your radio, zone out, and escape to the world of Agalloch.  Let us know what you thought in the comments.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!