Metal Madness

Shit, I meant to write up this post like two weeks ago, but Galeon ate it about 2 minutes before I was done writing it up, so I just said “screw it” and went to bed instead of typing it all up again. I guess I forgot to retype it. Well, here it is.

This summer looks as though it will be sweet for concerts. Ozzfest has a lineup that I definitely want to check out. Iron Maiden, Shadows Fall, Mastodon, and Black Label Society will be there, along with a few other bands that I want to see. I’ve never been to Ozzfest before, so it should be interesting. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is putting together a similar show this year called “Gigantour”, and its lineup excites me even more than the Ozzfest lineup. Dream Theater and Fear Factory will appear with Megadeth, which means 3 of my favorite bands will all be present in one place. It should be quite awesome.

I recently picked up a few albums that are worth mentioning. I grabbed “The Art of Balance” and “Of One Blood” by Shadows Fall. They’re both really good, but the production quality on “Of One Blood” is a bit worse than “The Art of Balance.” You can tell they hadn’t hit it big yet. The good thing is that the songs have been better and better as the band matures. Lots of bands tend to lose their creative spark after a few good albums, but, thankfully, Shadows Fall doesn’t seem to have done that. They’ve done nothing but get better. They give me faith that good metal isn’t an art that has been lost upon my generation.

The other two albums I picked up were “Hatebreeder” and “Hatecrew Deathroll” by Children of Bodom. Their vocals still suck pretty bad, but they still seem to mix the albums so they’re not as prominent as they could be, which is good. They’re both sweet albums musically, with tons of energy and some crazy solos. The latter album is better in my opinion, but the former jams too. COB also is following the pattern of improving with each album released, so I can hope that the best is yet to come.

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