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Farewell, 2012: Riddick’s Top 5 Albums of 2012


The humans think that they own me, but I own them. How many hours do they spend in the house? An hour in the morning, and a few hours in the evening. I am here all day long. Yet they deem it appropriate to force their inferior music on me. Fear not, for I have identified which of those musics are worth listening to over the course of the year. I shall now bring you the preferences of a superior feline being. My preferences lie with the composer the humans call Beethoven, but he hasn’t made any new albums the past few years so I will have to deal with albums made by other artists.

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Commit Leander’s ‘Sin Number Eight’

Leander is a cool band that I like, and they deserve a lot more recognition. Formed by Leander Koteles, they are a pretty unique brand of proggy metalcore. Leander himself does the vocals, bass and pianos, while Attila Voros from Nevermore handles guitars. He’s finally putting out a full album, which will be titled Svizidomar. Also, Jeff Loomis will be guesting on the album too! Excited yet? If so, listen to the first song released from the album right now! It’s called ‘Nyolcadik FőBűn / Sin Number Eight’ and it’s awesome! (Yes, it’s in Hungarian but it’s epic).

– NT

Guilty Pleasure: Metal Covers of Pop Songs

Alright, I will admit that the recent trend in pop songs (Ke$ha, Lady Gaga etc.) are a guilty pleasure of mine. Well, that guilty pleasure reached new levels when I discovered metal cover/remixes of said songs. I even divided them into a few categories, but there is one important rule: the spirit of the original song must be preserved. This usually means I don’t like people doing metal vocals over the original song, because vocal melody is probably the most important part of most pop songs.

Mashup Of An Existing Metal Song With Pop:

This category is perhaps one that requires the least amount of effort on part of the maker, but it’s still not easy to do well. Actually, there are very few of these that are exceptionally good.

Let’s start with a short and simple one. This one is done by Drewsif Stalin, it’s a mashup of Within the Ruins‘ “Tractor Pull” and Katy Perry‘s “I Kissed A Girl“:

Here’s one that’s really popular, I don’t really like it but a lot of people do so there you go. It’s Meshuggah‘s “Bleed” with Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi“. I like the extra effort someone else made to put the videos together in a way that kind of makes sense:

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