Posted by ChristopherMammal
Metal State often receives ten invitations a day to review new albums. In physical terms, it would be impossible for a whole battalion of writers to do full reviews of so much new music. In practical terms, we don’t want to overwhelm our readers with so many posts that few would have or make the time to read them all. How then to do some justice to the many outstandingly good submissions we take in each day?
One way to help the best bands reach a wider audience is to compile digests of new albums, and that’s what I’m starting to do here. The graphic shows what type of ground I’ll be covering in the next few weeks, months and the rest of my life. After that, I’ll do mixed digests of different flavours of metal and other music as soon as possible after it arrives at our dungeon. For now, I’ve sorted my best albums received so far this year into main categories. You can see them in the graphic on the left. I’ll tick off each category as I add posts.
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: Abyss, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Chelsea Wolfe, Coal Chamber, Cock Fight, folk darkwave, Folk industrial metal, Freitag Der 13., Kamchatka, Long Road Made of Gold, Mammal’s most recommended new albums, Nu Metal, Polyester Zeal, punk rock, Red Sun Rising, Retro blues rock, Rivals, Sassy Kraimspri, Tanzwut, Tristana, Virtual Crime
Release Date: 19 May 2015
Length: 42 Minutes
Genre: Nu Metal
Previous Studio Albums: Coal Chamber (1997); Chamber Music (1999); Dark Days (2002)
Location: California, U.S.
I never thought I would see another reboot of Coal Chamber in any way, shape, or form especially after the way things fell apart over a decade ago. But, as quickly as Dez’s DevilDriver crumbled and went on hiatus, Coal Chamber resurfaced, got most of the original (or long-time) band members together, and have a new album out now. Dez surely didn’t waste much time. Those Coal Chamber reunion shows in Australia obviously sparked something. Anyway, Rivals is Coal Chamber’s 4th studio album and surprisingly picks things up where they left off. I say surprisingly because this album sounds like Coal Chamber never broke up at all. Read the rest of this entry →
Last week, Einherjer took the votes for the Scandinavian black metal part II poll. Good luck to them as this series narrows down to a black metal champion.
This week I am exploring some covers. Not your outstanding tribute songs like Machine Head’s Hallowed be thy Name or Trivium’s Master of Puppets, but more the song that you might not expect a band to cover. See the video clips below and see what these metal bands did to iconic pop songs. Also, let us know what you think about cover tunes. Furthermore, what you think about artists like Elton John being covered by a metal band? Which one of the covers below do you think is best?
This first one is from Life of Agony. They covered Simple Minds Don’t You (Forget About Me). This song was featured in the 80’s teen classic The Breakfast Club.
This next song was probably one of the first covers I ever heard by a metal band covering something nonmetal. Flotsam and Jetsam covered Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) originally recorded by (Sir) Elton John in 1973…so, it’s as old as me. Nickelback also covered this song. Not that it matters, we’ll stick with Arizona’s Flotsam and Jetsam for this poll.
You may not have heard of The Bronx Casket Co., but this is Overkill bassist D.D. Verni’s project. They are pretty good and worth checking out. Of course, they are on this poll because they covered perhaps the most nonmetal artist on this list…Frank Sinatra. Check out their version of My Way.
The last song to round out this week’s poll is from Coal Chamber. Not only did they manage to take a Peter Gabriel song, Shock The Monkey and cover it, they brought along Ozzy to help out. This song was originally released in 1982.
I hopefully achieved my goal of bringing you some classic nonmetal songs that were covered by metal bands. Personally, I think all these covers were done quite well and it will be hard to vote myself. What are your feelings about metal bands taking the lighter side of pop and injecting metal into it?
Oh, and before you mention Faith No More’s version of Easy, I didn’t include it here because they did the cover almost too well. They didn’t inject any metal into it. Though, it is one of the best covers of a pop song…if you ask me.
As most of you are probably aware, Dez Fafara of DevilDriver used to sing in a band called Coal Chamber. I remember those days fondly and even saw Coal Chamber twice live. They were a good live show to say the least. Their videos are definitely quite unique; more than just standard unimaginative live sets. I came across this one for Loco which was off their self-titled album. I thought I would leave you with something interesting for your video of the week. I hope you have a great weekend.
This week, I am going to explore relationships within heavy metal. This is about how metal bands are basically tied together like a long list of cousins; some you know and some you don’t. Each metal band, in its own right, is not very far removed the metal band down the street. Starting with one of my Top-10 favorite bands, Machine Head, we’ll see how interconnected the metal world is. Ever heard of 6-degrees to Kevin Bacon? This is where this Themed Thursday is going.
Posted in Theme Thursday
Tags: Annihilator, Anthrax, Billy Sheehan, black sabbath, Chuck Billy, Coal Chamber, Dave MCClain, Dave Mustaine, David Lee Roth, DevilDriver, Devin Townsend, Dez Fafara, Dio, Dream Theater, Exodus, Extreme, Flotsam and Jetsam, Forbidden, Gary Cherone, Gary Holt, Heaven and Hell, Iced Earth, Infeectious Grooves, Jeff Hanneman, Jeff Waters, Joey Belladonna, John Tempesta, Jon Miller, Kerry King, Kirk Hammett, Korn, Machine Head, Megadeth, Metallica, Mike Mangini, Nevermore, Overkill, ozzy osbourne, Phil Demmell, Phil Rind, Rob Flynn, Robert Trujillo, Sacred Reich, Sevendust, Slayer, Steve Vai, Strapping Young Lad, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Van Halen, Vio-lence
Before there was DevilDriver, Dez Fafara was in an up and coming metal band called Coal Chamber. They made it a few albums before they dissolved and Dez moved on to the more harsh and thrash metal band DevilDriver. Something great rose up from those Coal Chamber ashes. Coal Chamber was different and somewhat quirky, but could still hit hard on many of their songs.
Shock the Monkey is a cover of the original track recorded by Peter Gabriel. I thought it was a pretty good cover and as I was scrolling through my playlist I realized I rarely ever mentioned Coal Chamber. Not that I want them back, I do like DevilDriver. But Coal Chamber sure did carve out their own personality in metal. So here is Peter Gabriel’s Shock the Monkey covered by Coal Chamber. Have a great weekend.
I was supposed to post the answer to the 23 Jan 11 trivia question this past Sunday on the 30th, but do to a family emergency I was unable to. So for the three of you that chose Coal Chamber as Dez Fafara’s former band, you are correct. Thank you for playing. Incidentally, the three of you were the only ones to answer so that means it must have been too easy. I will come up with something tougher later on. Thank you for playing.