Archive for August, 2009

The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far #4

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 28, 2009 by Jay

#4 Ensiferum – Iron

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Let’s face it, anything Jari Mäenpää gets his hands on turns into gold…or maybe some sort of wintery, Finnish super metal.  Either way, Ensiferum are amazing, and yes, it’s as simple as that.  When I first heard Ensiferum I was blown away.  I had no previous exposure to metal with any folk influences at all and was shocked at how much more “Viking” this band was compared to Amon Amarth.  I acted immediately grabbing both their self-titled and their second full length Iron.  As time went on I learned every note to every song on both albums, but there was, and still is, something extraordinary about Iron. Continue reading

Metal Video Games?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 15, 2009 by Steve H

In the past while, some bands have been releasing sort of shitty online flash games that promote a new release. Both Iron Maiden and Swashbuckle have released such games, and are both not good in a video game sense, but amusing simply because listening to Iron Maiden or Swashbuckle during a video game is fucking awsome.  Shooting Cruise ships? Landing giant speakers to Maiden fans around the world? Am I the only one that finds all of this so entertaining, despite the sillyness?

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The Swashbuckle game, sorta simple.

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Iron Maiden allows for some video unlocks.

Fuck who ever doesn’t think this is awsome, I love this shit. Pictures have links to the games for whoever is interested. And yes, I do have the highest score on the Swashbuckle game.

The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far #5

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 13, 2009 by Jay

#5 Bloodbath – Nightmares Made Flesh

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No one brings back that old school death metal feeling quite like Bloodbath.  Sweden’s “super-group” has been making killer death metal since 1999 and with their most recent release, The Fathomless Mastery, they continue what they started with earlier releases like Resurrection Through Carnage and the classic from 2004, Nightmares Made Flesh.  NMF is a classic in my opinion.  For such a recent release I feel it is timeless and I’m sure ill be spinning it for many more years.  This is also the only Bloodbath album to feature Swedish metal god Peter Tagtren on voKILLS. Continue reading

Thor’sday Pagan Metal Questage

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 13, 2009 by Steve H

In the past week I haven’t been listening to much Pagan Metal, as I mentioned earlier, I have been spinning Weekend Nachos and the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed split with Toronto’s The Endless Blockade. Nick also wrote a review for that, you should read it. However, I do have some music for all four of you that actually read this and want more (and I know who you are). So, to start, Quorthon’s sister covering one of his classic Viking Metal era songs Song to Hall Up High:

Here’s a link to the original version.

The Second video has nothing to do with Pagan Metal, but is an excellent animation about vikings and giants and all that good stuff. Check it out after the jump.

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The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far #6

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 13, 2009 by Jay

#6 In Flames – Clayman

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What would Swedish metal be without Gothenburg’s own In Flames?  Most likely a sadder more mundane version of what it is today.  If we disregard the band’s recent creative decisions I think it is easy to label In Flames as one of the best metal bands to come out of Sweden, if not Europe.  2000’s Clayman is evidence of this and is also what I would consider In Flames’ last great album. Continue reading

Wanderer of Time

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 12, 2009 by Steve H

While I was listening to Insect Warfare and Weekend Nachos today, I had an uncontrollable urge to listen to Wintersun, and I thought to share this, simple because I absolutely LOVE this band. Listen and read epic lyrics after the jump.

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The Top 21 Albums of the 21st Century…so far #7

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 7, 2009 by Jay

#7 Eluveitie – Slania

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2008 brought from the underground a band that would change the way many people look at metal.  The Swiss band Eluveitie attacked listeners in 2008 with Slania and their mixture of traditional Celtic folk music mixed with some of the most furious Gothenberg-esque melodic death metal to date.  At first it’s understandable that a listener could be confused or taken back by the mixture of the two genres but the listener will also be taken back by how good it starts to sound. Continue reading