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Now Playing: deathbringer's Playlist

It's been about a month since I started the Now Playing column, and my CD changer has rotated a lot of new music in lately so I figured I'd share what I'm now playing once again.

Probably my favorite disc to spin lately is Roadrunner United's "The All Star Sessions." With 18 songs, there are lots of good ones to choose from. So many perhaps that I find myself skipping even the "ok" ones just to listen to my favorites over again. They've gone out of their way to include a song of nearly every metal style on this CD. Overall, my favorites are the ones with the best screaming vocals and combination of aggression and speed, including "The Dagger" with KSE's Howard Jones, "The Enemy" with Chimaira's Mark Hunter, "Independent" with Max Cavalera, as well as the death and black metal songs. There are many more good songs on this album as well, and the only ones I don't seem to like are the ones that sound too mainstream or clean on vocals. Watching the DVD that came with the CD was a treat as well and helped me put some faces to the songs and enjoy them even more. There is simply so much talent on this album that it's too much to remember or even recognize who is playing each song.

Children of Bodom's latest effort "Are You Dead Yet?" is also getting a good deal of play time in my car. I like their unique melodic sound and their use of keyboards is done with good effect usually and is something I don't hear often in my regular playlists. The riffing is heavy but often simplistic, however. I like the album overall, but have not decided on my favorite songs just yet, except for "In Your Face" which reminds me quite a bit of The Haunted's "Hate Song" by its main riff and tempo.

I recently picked up A Dozen Furies' "A Concept From Fire" for a cheap $10 and I'm glad I did. These guys sound like a combination of Unearth, Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall at various points throughout the album. There is a lot of good metal riffing and less metalcore sound in the music and screaming style than I expected from hearing them on Battle For Ozzfest.

Another bargain buy was Devildriver's first album, which I bought used. It's a decent album with a few good songs - some which I recognize from hearing them live - but it can't hold candle to "Fury of the Maker's Hand" and will be nice to make a Devildriver mix CD with, taking the good songs and adding them to their new album, and then shelve this one.

Orange Sky has remained in my changer as the lone accessible (and with no vulgar language) music for when my wife or son are in the car. With my listening habbits going to the more extreme end of the spectrum lately, these guys are sounding less and less metal, so I can understand where some of the comments of "such and such band is not metal" can come from. When you listen to screaming death and speed most of the time, anything with a clean vocal and slower pace can sound "not metal". (It doesn't mean that's true, but that is another topic). That's the feeling I get when I hear their accessible sound and well-sung vocals with a Caribbean accent. But these guys have some decent nu-metal riffs and 80's style solos to come across as heavy in a rock sort of way as well are certainly enjoyable to listen to.

Also still in my listening rotation is Through The Eyes of the Dead. With all the new stuff in my CD changer, these guys aren't getting quite as much play time. But when I want something really heavy, I go back to "Bloodlust." I've grown to love tracks 4 and 5, "Bringer of Truth" and "Beneath Dying Skies" respectively for their thrash influences and excellent grooves and speed.

I've been checking out this death metal band while on my computer at home - Zaburon's "Sic Bellum Incipit." They play very interesting melodic death metal with some good death metal grooves and classic metal influences as well. The album is comprised of either short songs of 3 minutes and very long songs of 7, 8 or 13 minutes and keeps my attention the way few straight-up death metal albums can.

My work playlist has remained largely the same, comprised of melodic metal which plays well at low levels (Am I Blood, Shadows Fall, Manntis, Machine Head, Demons & Wizards as well as some Devildriver, Communic). I've added Freya to the mix, who play an interesting mix of hardcore music and screaming with more rock-style guitar work.

That's all I've got to report for this week. This is one hell of a year in metal and I have trouble even finding the time to listen to everything I want to, much less everything coming out. Until next time, stay metal! \m/

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A self-described "metal geek," Doug Gibson has been listening to heavy metal for more than twenty years and designed and coded Metal Underground.com from scratch over ten years ago.

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1. RollMonkey writes:

Demons and Wizards got a few spins from me, but then I just got uninterested. Freya, ugh. Can't feel them at all.

I actually didn't enjoy DevilDriver's first album all that much. It just seemed uninteresting, nothing really special about it. Fury of Our Maker's Hand was phenominal though, and I still play it as much as I can. And they're fantastic live.

Bodom's my favorite band like, ever, and they're new CD is probably right under Hatebreeder in terms of kick-assery. Pretty great album, catchy, and a lot less synthasized that Hatecrew Death Roll was.

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2. Symbolic writes:

Man, I highly recomend you pick up the new Akercocke album.

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3. theresshitonthewalls writes:

Haven't heard 'Are You Dead Yet', but Hate Crew was good. People seem to rave about the first three, but I just don't get it. Laiho is an excellent technical guitarist, but he lacks emotional finesse and identity (not to forget his permanently borderline vocal performances), at least he got catchy on Hate Crew and stopped recycling riffs. Oh, and they are far better live than on the recorded medium.

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4. key to nothing writes:

i actually havent heard a whole lot about the new akercocke album,is it better than choronzon(no easy task)

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5. ADD writes:

are you dead yet is a f***in sweet album. coulda been a little longer though (only 9 songs)

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6. key to nothing writes:

its not really fair to judge an album's length by how many tracks are on it,it's length in minutes is what makes an album short or long,and as for my opinion on the album(other than how they stole the cd title from carnal forge),i find that it doesnt quite measure up to Hate Crew or other previous works,some of the riffs are quite excellent though,but not quite the COB that i have come to expect

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