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Roundtable Review: Winter Thrice by Borknagar


borknagarwinterthricecdLabel: Century Media

Release Date: 22 January 2016

Songs: 9

Length: 56:52

Genre: Prog/Black/Folk/Viking

Location: Bergen, Norway

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2012, #9 – #7


MetalCatThe number of genres and sub-genres of modern metal far exceeds the total number of genres that existed in Western music 30 years ago.

There are more bands today playing classic-style heavy metal than there were at the height of heavy metal in the 1980s.

Since the advent of online music streaming and buying, more metal albums are released every month than the total number of albums of all kinds of Western music in 1980.

No one can possibly listen to every new metal album… but, oh man, it’s fun trying!

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2010, #12 – #9


MetalCatMy choices today are mostly dark and deep except for Pathfinder, which is about 1.5 seconds above us at the speed of light.

I don’t want to visit the Moon. All that dust would make me sneeze. Nor do I need to visit any other planetary or lunar bodies in our solar system. I’ll wait for an advanced civilisation to invite me to visit their world where they destroyed AutoTune as soon as it was invented.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2006 / #15 – #13


MetalCatMy selections today are a typically mixed bag from the trans-genre Mammal. They include los bagpipes from the Argentine Highlands, for example. Och aye, amigos. Yet again metal shows it’s universal and multinational.

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #6 – #4


MetalCatThis is a good day for nothing more energetic than listening to music. The combination of temperature and humidity here in Zululand gives us a humiture, or heat index, of an effective 41 degrees C. That’s on the boundary between “Dangerous” and “Extremely Dangerous” for outdoor activity that requires any exertion.

The Zulu kids on the lawn in front of my office are playing football. I’ll stay here with cool music.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2001 / #4 – #3


MetalCatBorknagar’s folk black metal pops up again today, but I think this is the first appearance of Gojira’s thrash death in my selections. I could try to remember but that won’t work. I don’t even remember… now what was it I don’t remember? Damn. I could check on my year-by-year lists but that would mean switching on the computer. I’m not feeling very energetic today. Dark Metal Cat says I should do as he does and sleep 20 hours a day.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2000 / #12 – #10


MetalCatToday’s selection is doomy and black. That’s the sort of music that soothes me and makes Dark Metal Cat happy enough to stop ripping the furniture apart. I would clip his claws if I had tungsten clippers. He goes through about four sets of strings per gig.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 1998 / #6 – #4


MetalCatBornagar, Therion and more Dimmu Borgir in today’s selection.

Black Metal Cat says all the Norse music is starting to make him feel like a Viking. I told him he wouldn’t be a very good one. He doesn’t have a beard, just very long sideburns.

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #66-70


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 almost a year 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.

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#70 Nightwish – Dark Passion Play

I was sad to see Anette Olzon leave Nightwish, she was the reason I started to really like this band and their music. Anette and Marco (bass player/vocals) really complement each other so well. The folk music influences makes this album more interesting than their previous ones and it doesn’t have a single bad song on it. Fortunately I had the chance to see them live with Anette after this album was just released and it was a really great show.

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