New stuff this week… 7/2/07

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Jul 022007

Mindcrime at the Moore
71:01 – 15 Tracks (Disc 1)
74:47 – 19 Tracks (Disc 2)
Well, this is the full Operation Mindcrime tour show in 2 live CDs recorded in Seattle at the Moore Theatre… I think there are a few Mindcrime CDs out there, but this is the full set, OM1 and OM2 all live, all performed just about a perfect as you can live. Tate’s voice is crystal clear and the band is just tight as hell. The sound quality is great, it almost sounds like a studio recording. I’m sure it’s sweetened up a bit, but who cares, I’d rather have something all nice and clean than something all crappy sounding. I popped the DVD in for a little and that looks top notch too. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Robot Lords of Tokyo
Robot Lords of Tokyo

29:07 – 9 Tracks
Take some COC, Down, Clutch, BLS, Trouble, Sabbath and mix it all up with some good production and you have this band. Classic groove/stoner sounding metal, meat and potatoes. It’s here and it’s pretty good. You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

Lost Tracks of Danzig
55:28 – 13 Tracks (Disc 1)
59:48 – 13 Tracks (Disc 2)
This is just a collection of outtakes, remixes and basically stuff that didn’t make it onto any Danzig album for whatever reason. The liner notes explain a little bit why each track never made it on to whatever album they didn’t make it on to. Like most outtake CDs, there are usually decent reasons why stuff didn’t make it on a particular album, this is no different. Some good tracks some that should stay lost. You’ll probably hear some of this on the Mosh Pit!

Within Temptation
The Heart of Everything
65:06 – 13 Tracks
Well, over the last few months, there’s been a lot of Female fronted Euro-metal… I’ve coined the term “Femetal” to describe it. This band is Roadrunner’s entry into this genre. (Well they do have Nightwish too, but this is the newest release) This has a bit more emotion in the vocals, a thicker background sound that seems to stay pretty heavy. They have the Lacuna Coil thing going on with Keith Caputo from Life of Agony male vocals bouncing in track 2. They’ve been around for a while, so saying they are just joining this genre won’t fly. You’ll hear it on the Mosh Pit.

Lake of Tears
Moons and Mushrooms
40:31 – 8 Tracks
This is a band from Sweden that takes some of the vocal style of Cathedral and applies it to some doom/groove metal.  It’s mostly pretty ordinary.  These guys have been around since the mid-90’s…. This album is mostly about the guitar with heavy riffs and just a hard rock driving sound.  It’s alright, so it’s in the maybe category right now.

Chris Caffery
Pins and Needles
70:14 – 17 Tracks
This guy knows how to make a shredding, thrashing metal album!  It thrashes great, the vocals are sharp, the drumming is solid and of course the guitar playing is top notch.  Some awesome riffs and just all out metal.  You’ll hear this on the Mosh Pit!

42:36 – 11 Tracks
Finnish Folk Metal.  They have that bouncy troll dancing sound, but still all metal!  The songs are catchy, and of course they aren’t quite as cool as Amorphis, but this might be worth playing on the Mosh Pit.

Jan 032006

Here are Mike’s (The Book’s) top lists of 2005….

Overall Top 10 (in no particular order)
Arch Enemy — Doomsday Machine
Soilwork — Stabbing The Drama
Dew Scented — Issue VI
Sentenced — Funeral Album
Byzantine — …And They Shall Take Up Serpents
System of a Down — Mezmerize/Hypnotize
Watch Them Die — Bastard Son
Dream Theater — Octavarium
Soulfly — Dark Ages
Exodus — Shovel Headed Kill Machine

Death and Black Metal List (in no particular order)
Summon — Fallen
Behemoth — Demigod
Dark Tranquillity — Character
Children of Bodom — Are We Dead Yet?
Opeth — Ghost Reveries
Old Man’s Child — Vermin
Cryptopsy — Once Was Not
Nile — Annihilation of the Wicked
Obituary — Frozen In Time
Bloodbath — Nightmares Made Flesh

Best Metalcore (in no particular order)
Between The Buried And Me — Alaska
Still Remains — Love And Lunacy
Agony Scene — Darkest Red
Madball — Legacy
Throwdown — Vendetta

Best Prog/Power Metal (in no particular order)
Kamelot — Black Halo
Nevermore — This Godless Endeavor
Brainstorm — Liquid Monster
Judas Priest — Angel of Retribution
Helloween — Keeper of the Seven Keys III

Best Live Performances
Strapping Young Lad
Iron Maiden
Arch Enemy
Dream Theater
Children of Bodom
Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Worst Live Performances
Fear Before The March Of Flames (Sounds of the Underground)
It Dies Today (opened for Fear Factory)
Robert Fripp (opened for Porcupine Tree)

Honorable Mentions
Apocalyptica — Reflections
Porcupine Tree — Deadwing
Chimaira — Chimaira
God Forbid — IV: Constitution of Treason
Avenged Sevenfold — City of Evil
Candlemass — Candlemass