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Themed Thursday – Canadian Metal

Is it possible to dislike anything about Canada?  It’s the land of hockey, curling, maple syrup, snow bunnies, Ice Road Truckers, and other cool stuff eh?  Now you can add metal to that list.  You may have never given it much of a thought, but some pretty cool metal comes from the land of the great white North.  I mean snow by that reference, not people.  I am going to use this Themed Thursday to talk about what Canada brings to the fight when in regards to metal.

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Song of the Week – Sandstorm + Into Eternity News

Into Eternity are back at bandcamp getting ready to release their follow-up to The Incurable Tragedy.  For now, you can get a taste of their first single Sandstorm at the two video links below.  There are two different versions, one with Stu Block and the other with Tim Roth on vocals.  This, of course, doubles as the song of the week since it’s such as bad-ass song, IMO. 

As you may have heard, Stu Block will be moving over to Iced Earth for vocals duties in that band.  Before the move, Stu will tour with Into Eternity as will Matt Barlow for Iced Earth.  Of all the information I have read so far, I still do not know if Stu is “leaving” Into Eternity or will be moonlighting in both bands.  The same story is on both Into Eternity’s and Iced Earth’s website.

In addition, I have not read anything stating that Tim Roth will take over vocal duties, but if that is the case I think it will be a good transition based on the video link below, although I still prefer Stu.

 Here is a tidbit from the story:

            NOTE: Retired Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow will perform with the band on all summer festival dates. New vocalist Stu Block will take over from there, starting with the European leg of Iced Earth’s world tour.

This version is with Stu Block on vocals.

This version is with Tim Roth on vocals.

Song of the Week – Severe Emotional Distress – 27 Apr 11

I always thought Into Eternity was a great band that represents Canadian metal quite well.  The song Severe Emotional Distress off the album Scattering of Ashes is probably the song that best describes Into Eternity.  It has all the elements of a great metal song (which you will have to see for yourself in the YouTube clip).  Stu Block is a dynamic vocalist.  If you hear Into Eternity without ever having seen the band members you would most likely think they have two singers, but no it’s just Stu hammering out vocals that are the perfect recipe for a metal band.

The guitar work is clean and crisp which seems to be a standard formula for Canadian bands.  Rush and Annihilator are also clean and crisp Canadian bands even though they represent two distinct genres.  There may be others, but these three Canadian bands I am most familiar with.

This song in no way represents my emotions at all, but this week is halfway over and it has been stressful so I thought this fast paced song would do the trick.  I hope it did for you.  Have a great rest of the week. 

The Perfect CD

Have you ever bought an album based on a song you heard that you liked only to find the rest of the album sucked ass?  Well you are not the only one that has been affected by a studio engineered hit only to be disappointed by the rest of the album:  Songs that have no depth, creativity, or originality. 

This post is about one of those rare occasions when you buy an album and actually enjoy listening to every song on the CD; every one of them.  You could probably count them all on two hands which is exactly why I am about to list 10 metal albums (for 10 fingers) released since the year 2000 that rock from start to finish.  In other words, there is not one song that needs to be fast forwarded.  All the songs are great to listen to anytime of the hour, day, week, month, or year.  As far as I am concerned those albums are fairly far and few between. 

I chose to do this since the year 2000 to keep it fairly fresh.  Some of the older albums that fit this bill are Rust in Peace (Megadeth); Reign in Blood (Slayer); Master of Puppets (Metallica); Back in Black (AC/DC); Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (Iron Maiden); and Act III (Death Angel).  All of these albums are tried and true and good to the last note.  So here are my picks for 10 albums that rock…since the year 2000 (in no particular order).

Megadeth – Endgame

Queensryche – American Soldier

Amon Amarth – Twilight of the Thunder God

Trivium – Shogun

Cavalera Conspiracy – Inflikted

Overkill – Ironbound

Dream Theater – Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

Into Eternity – The Scattering of Ashes

Machine Head – The Blackening

Bullet for my Valentine – Fever

Are you surprised by any of these?  Do you agree or disagree with some/all of them?  If you haven’t heard any of these albums check them out, they should be worth your dime.  Also, if you think I left out any particular band let me know, I would like to hear your choice.

Song of the Day- 5 January 2011

Hello All,

Today’s SOTD is different than others I have put on the blog.  This song is probably the shortest one placed on the blog to date.

Today’s SOTD is “Symptoms” by Into Eternity, from their album The Incurable Tragedy.

This is an instrumental song and it is less than 2 minutes.  You might be asking yourself why I chose this song when it is less than two minutes with no lyrics.  The answer is simple.  This song provides an interesting listening experience, due to the fact that the song doesn’t stick to one time signature throughout.  In fact, the time signatures change multiple times, from 4/4 in the beginning to 6/8 in the following part.  You get a few bars of 6/8, then it changes to 7/4.  And after that, they change it AGAIN to 5/4 before returning to 6/8.  It took me quite a long time to figure out all the time signatures.  But once I did, this song became one of my favorites of the album.   

Have no idea what a time signature is?  Sorry about that.  I tend to ramble on with music stuff when something catches my ear.  The important number is the first one in the time signature.  It means how many beats per measure. 

Take a listen to the song and see if you can catch all the time signature changes.  In the meantime, have a great day.

Song of the Day- 13 December 2010

Hello All,

Plantera7 is still out of action from the move (no internet connection), so I will continue to post in his stead.  He has called me and asked to pass on his SOTD.

Today’s SOTD is “Timeless Winter” by Into Eternity, from their Album “Scattering of Ashes”

I owe a great debt to Plantera7 for introducing me to Into Eternity’s music.  They have a very unique sound, and they cannot be easily classified into any subgenre of metal.  They incorporate a lot of different musical and vocal styles to weave an intricate mix of metal.  Give them a listen if you are looking for something new.

Keep it metal.