An announcement for the next three weeks

Hi, everyone.

I’m hesitant to do this since I don’t know what will actually happen, but from 19th September until October 9th I’ll be abroad for a family member’s wedding. I don’t know if I’ll get access to a computer around then (though hopefully I will), so if there are no updates on Wednesdays or Fridays you’ll know why.

Nonetheless, I intend to do what I can to try and keep this blog up and running even while I’m away. Fingers crossed it’ll work out and Me(n)tal-Meltdown will be updated even if irregularly. Either way, you’ll see what the outcome will be!

I’ll try my best not to let you down.

Lots of love and see you soon with regular updates in October;

Ann S.

Death Angel – ‘Relentless Retribution’, Nuclear Blast; 2010

With the thrash revival that’s been going on lately, it shouldn’t be a surprise to say that the sixth studio album from American band Death Angel couldn’t have come at a relatively better time. Although it’s no longer the ’80’s and their line-up has changed and aged since then, it seems so right to applaud the group for churning out what feels like a good, solid effort of modern thrash metal. Since the genre has transformed itself since the advent of grunge in the last century, so it makes sense that it will become privy to high level production and outside influences such as groove metal or even modern rock.
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Sole Remedy – ‘Apoptosis’, Aftermath Music; 2010

Three years down the line since their debut full-length ‘The Wounded Ones‘; Finnish progressive metal band Sole Remedy return with a small line-up change and the follow-up effort ‘Apoptosis‘. Tagged as a concept album, one immediately gets the presumption that what is to follow will be an interesting record with moments of fear and saddened acceptance of fate. In turn, it does look to be that these expectations are ultimately delivered; albeit with moments of decent filler. Continue reading

Gender and Metal: Male and Female energy

On Friday, due in part to running late with my own deadlines and to being tied up with a string of non-stop family visiting; I had posted a link to both Doro Pesch’s rendition of heavy metal classic ‘Breaking the Law’, and the original as performed by Judas Priest. Although this was basically a last minute decision, seeing as how I was unable to put up a review or interview due to lack of time following from Thursday; I should add that it wasn’t completely done in haste since I felt that both were relevant to one of the various issues in regards to gender and metal which I believe tend to get overlooked in favour of the typical “chickie poos/chicks with balls” debate that is so often exhausted to death. Continue reading

Just a teaser for Monday

Aside from being essentially the same song, can you guess what the topic is going to be based on these two versions?

Here’s Judas Priest’s original ‘Breaking the Law’

and here’s Doro Pesch’s rendition

See you on Monday (when I’m not so busy with Eid celebrations)!

Goat The Head – ‘Doppelgängers’, Aftermath Music; 2010

Four years have passed since Norwegian death metallers Goat The Head had first unleashed their self-described brand of “cave metal” out onto the world, yet with this second full-length effort it seems to be that there are a few musical issues which could use a bit more work. Interestingly in the case of a death metal band, these appear to lie with frontman Per Spjøtvold’s vocals; than with the actual sound. Continue reading

An Interview with Niilo Sevänen and Ville Friman (Insomnium)

You know, I wonder if people are indeed born with silver spoons in their mouths. If so, then I’m tempted to believe that right away for Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium; since not only do I consider them highly talented and poetic but they’ll also be touring with their heroes Dark Tranquillity this month.

Not to mention that they’ve recently made a move from Candlelight Records to label giant Century Media.  Sign of more great things to come? We’ll have to see, after the new album! Frontman/bassist Nillo Sevänen and guitarist Ville Friman popped by, to talk about it.

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