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  1. Shatner

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    It's great that we have Stoner Metal and Power Metal threads, but we definitely need a catch-all discussion thread for all genres of heavy metal.

    This is a great week to start one, because Metallica and Testament both released new albums. The Metallica album seems fine. I don't really like their guitar sound these days, but like Death Magnetic a few years ago, Hardwired to Self Destruct is a pretty solid product.

    ...And then there is Testament's much more metal "Brotherhood of the Snake", which is a concept album that was essentially inspired by the brilliant TV show "Ancient Aliens".

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    I'm not joking. The album is 10 fast, brutal songs all about reptilian humanoids controlling our lives, elections, and evolution. Solid stuff. There are certainly thrash bands who are more creative than Testament, but there aren't many who are better musicians. These guys still rule.

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    What are the most Wyld Stallyns style instrumental metal songs of all time?
     
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    I've been really into Jungle Rot, Bolt Thrower, and Nekrogoblikon for the past year; Bolt Thrower's Mercenary makes me want a Sterling carbine to go with my FAL
     
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    I thought that said NegroGoblin.
     
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  6. Shatner

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    Basically Van Halen... right?
     
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    For my money, two of the most underrated/least talked about Mastodon tracks are the last two songs on "The Hunter". Give them both a try. I bet you haven't heard them unless you are already a huge Mastodon fan and own the album.

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    I didn't know Testament's new album was out yet, I'll have to give it a listen when I get back home. Dark Roots of the Earth was an excellent album, I'd put it neck and neck with The Gathering for their best album. Would you say this new one is closer to Dark Roots or The Gathering in style?
     
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    I wasn't blown away by Dark Roots. I like Formation of Damnation and The Gathering more. I'd say then new one is more consistently fast and heavy. So I guess it's a bit more like The Gathering. Although none of their new stuff is as death influenced as The Gathering. They've taken a step back from all of the guttural screaming.

    My favorite Testament albums are The Legacy, New Order, Practice, The Ritual, The Gathering, Formation of Damnation, and Brotherhood of the Snake. In fact, I rarely listen to the other albums.

    I might just be in love with the album because it's new and I love the theme, but right now, I'd put it up there with The Ritual, New Order, and The Gathering as some of their best shit ever. And I'm no robot when it comes to this stuff... because like I said, Dark Roots didn't move me.
     
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    To each their own, I never got into most of Testament's music, just didn't resonate with me. Same with Slayer, really, couldn't get into them. I can dig on some Megadeth though.
     
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    Testament definitely has more in common with Megadeth than Slayer in my opinion. Slayer was always kinda based on hard-core punk where as early Testament was basically channeling the sound of Master of Puppets and Justice. I've always enjoyed Testament for their inventive and complex rhythm guitar. So many of their songs have a groove that is missing in a lot of metal. Without knowing too much about music and musicianship, I'd guess that's a result of solid songwriting and ALWAYS having a tight rhythm section. I also find Chuck Billy's singing more listenable than Dave Mustaine's whiny bitch voice.

    I think that when it comes to traditional thrash, Testament is simply better than almost everyone with the exception of peak Metallica. But hey, that's just my opinion man. I do think that Brotherhood of the Snake is a bit of an instant classic that virtually any fan of thrash could appreciate.
     
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    Not a big of fan of Vader overall, but this song is the sickness.

     
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    My favorite part of Framing Armageddon album, I usually turn down volume for Reflections, so I can turn it up for Ten Thousand Strong.

     
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    You might as well call this "All the Wyld Stallyns riffs rolled into one."

     
  17. Shatner

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    Top-shelf fucking wankery!
     
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    I got tickets to the Mastodon/Eagles of Death Metal/Russian Circles in Seattle in April. Pretty excited. I've long felt that Russian Circles would be a great match for Mastodon. I'm a little bit disappointed that this didn't happen earlier though. The new Russian Circles album is perhaps their first release that I don't think is moving them forward in an interesting way. It's pretty good, but definitely not one of my favorite metal records of the past few years. Memorial was a MUCH stronger album.

    The new Mastodon record is supposedly another concept album that deals with cancer in some way. The album should be out before the tour I believe. They are working with Brendan O’Brien, who partnered with them on their last big concept album (Crack the Skye). Not that the last two Mastodon albums were shitty. They had some great songs. But I'm totally ready for a more cohesive/concept type album from them.

    http://loudwire.com/mastodon-studio-process-more-new-album-details-exclusive-photo/
     
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    Should be a good show at least.
     
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    Is it going to be instrumental?
     

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