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Top 10 Metal Albums – 1990

Posted in Alternative Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, List, Power Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on April 29, 2010

This morning we, over breakfast, were having a chat about the fact that the rescheduled Megadeth/Slayer Tour of Canada will have both bands playing their 1990s albums Rust In Peace and Seasons In The Abyss, in entirety. I then got thinking about metal albums from that year. Here is my list of 10 favourite albums from that year.

Alice in Chains – Facelift
Annihilator – Never, Neverland
Anthrax – Persistence of Time
Celtic Frost – Vanity/Nemesis
Death – Spiritual Healing
Iced Earth – Iced Earth
Judas Priest – Painkiller
Megadeth – Rust In Peace
Pantera – Cowboys from Hell
Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss

8 out of 10 of the above albums are featured on Spotify, here is the playlist –

Better have something for the pain!


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RetroBlog: Fish – 13th Star

Posted in Progressive Rock by newmusicexcess on April 27, 2010

Fish - 13th Star

I was listening to Planet Rock on their website, and they played a track by Fish from his 2008 album, 13th Star. Fish is an artist who I have not listened to, well, not since he split from the other members of Marillion in 1988. So, after hearing the track I went over to Spotify and listened to the whole album, and was suitably impressed. Definitely well worth checking out.

Track listing:

  1. Circle Line
  2. Square Go
  3. Miles de Besos
  4. Zoë 25
  5. Arc of the Curve
  6. Manchmal
  7. Openwater
  8. Dark Star
  9. Where in the World
  10. 13th Star


More information  can be found here:

Marillion –

Fish –

13th Star –

Planet Rock –

Similar Artists ( –

Discography ( –


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Little Girls – Concepts

Posted in Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Post-punk by newmusicexcess on April 26, 2010

Little Girls - Concepts

Reading through The Guardian’s New Band Of The Day, I picked up on the Canadian band, Little Girls, and their most recent album “Concepts”.

Track listing:

  1. Youth Tunes
  2. Seeing
  3. Tambourine
  4. Concepts
  5. Imaginary Friends
  6. Salt Swimmers
  7. Thrills
  8. Departure
  9. Venom
  10. Last Call
  11. Growing



The bands earlier EPs are on Spotify –


Reviewed at:

AWMusic –

The New Music –

Pop Matters –

Redefine Mag –

Hero Hill –



  • Indie Rock
  • Post-punk


Similar artists:

  • Blank Dogs
  • Silk Flowers
  • TV Ghost
  • Blessure Grave
  • Pearl Harbour
  • The Coathangers
  • Crystal Stilts
  • Future Islands
  • Tamaryn
  • Wetdog


Further information:

@MySpace –

@Wikipedia –

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80s Emocore

Posted in Emo by newmusicexcess on April 23, 2010

Rites Of Spring

I have been listing to a bit of Jimmy Eat World this morning and so thought I would go back to the ‘mother lode’ of emotional hardcore (although, in the sentiment of Ian MacKaye, it’s difficult to think of hardcore that’s not emotional) Here is a short list of 80’s albums to track down and give a listen:

  • Rites Of Spring – Rites Of Spring
  • Embrace – Embrace
  • Gray Matter – Food For Thought
  • Beefeater – House Burning Down
  • Fire Party – Fire Party
  • Dag Nasty – Field Day
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UK Deathcore

Posted in Deathcore, List by newmusicexcess on April 22, 2010

Bring Me The Horizon - Count Your Blessings

A few days ago I was looking up some Bring Me The Horizon on Spotify as my wife wanted to check out the most recent album after hearing their debut, Count Your Blessings, a while back. I then started looking beyond this and wondered what UK bands came up on Wikipedia’s Deathcore List. They have 5 bands listed and they all have some material on Spotify:

Although, Mendeed are now no longer active.


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Rock Sound April 2010 – Album Of The Month

Posted in Best Of The Month, Rocksound by newmusicexcess on April 20, 2010

Bullet - Fever

I am just flicking through my copy of Rock Sound that just arrived from the UK. Their album of the month is:

  • Bullet For My Valentine – Fever [8]

While looking through the reviews, I always like to locate the new albums that get a 9, they are:

  • Cancer Bats – Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones
  • Cathedral – The Guessing Game
  • Coheed And Cambria – Year Of The Black Rainbow
  • Moneed – The World I Want To Leave Behind
  • Red Sparowes – The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer
  • Sick Of It All – Based On A True Story
  • The Ocean – Heliocentric
  • The Endless Blockade / Bastard Noise – The Red List
  • The Great St. Louis – In Your Own Time
  • The Swellers – Ups And Downsizing

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Fang Island – Fang Island

Posted in Indie Rock, Progressive Rock by newmusicexcess on April 19, 2010

Fang Island - Fang Island

Yesterday, I stumbled across the first album by Fang Island, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Track listing:

  1. Dreams of Dreams
  2. Careful Crossers
  3. Daisy
  4. Life Coach
  5. Sideswiper
  6. The Illinois
  7. Treeton
  8. Davey Crockett
  9. Welcome Wagon
  10. Dorian

Fang Island on Amazon


Reviewed at:



  • Indie Rock
  • Progressive Rock


Similar artists:

  • Bear In Heaven
  • Tera Melos
  • Maps & Atlases
  • Native
  • By The End Of Tonight
  • The Mercury Program
  • Volta Do Mar
  • Pele
  • Bygones
  • Sharks Keep Moving


Further information:

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@MySpace –

@Facebook –

@Twitter –

@Wikipedia –


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Rammstien – Ich Tu Dir Weh

Posted in Industrial Metal, Neue Deutsche Härte by newmusicexcess on April 18, 2010

I just fancied posting some Rammstein on the Blog, so here is Ich Tu Dir Weh.

Feuer Frei!

and, Du Hast.

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Alexisonfire/Billy Talent – 15th April Cunard Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Posted in Alternative Rock, Melodic Hardcore, Post-hardcore, Punk, Screamo by newmusicexcess on April 16, 2010

Bands = Awesome!! (Well if you managed to get into see Alexisonfire before they had finished)

Venue Management/Door Security = FAIL!

Ok. Here’s the deal. We arrived outside the venue around 7.15 pm, and Alexisonfire came on at 8.10 pm (from what I understand). By the time we worked out which of the 3 queues we were supposed to be in and then queued for what seemed to be an ‘age’, an hour must have passed, as I got in around 8.20 pm. The hold up seemed to be that security were doing quite time consuming (slow) pat-downs on everyone entering the venue.

However, because of the policy of separate pat-downs and bag searches for males and females and the fact that there seemed to be one female security person, it took my wife a further 20 minutes to get into the hall. Bear in mind that Alexisonfire finished up their set at around 9.00 pm. To top it all no attempt was made speed up the women’s queue despite the lack of any men’s queue at one point.

I really felt for one young woman who had just arrived as the ‘house lights’ went on. She asked me who the band was who had just finished as she had been queuing outside, and was close to tears when I told her that the band she had just missed was Alexisonfire. Not surprisingly she had specifically come to see them.

As I said before, both bands were awesome, and they are blameless in the matter. But, the venue management, get your act together!!! Please!!!

Anyway, rant over.  Well for the moment. Hey, I’m from the UK, what do you expect. But, I think it’s catching….

So for all the fans out there, here is a couple of videos by said bands.



Similar Artists

  • Alexisonfire: We Are The Ocean, Dance Gavin Dance, A Day to Remember, Emarosa, Underoath, The Ghost of a Thousand, Funeral For A Friend, Chiodos, Cancer Bats, Saosin.
  • Billy Talent: Pezz (Billy Talent’s original name), Rise Against, Sum 41, Anti-Flag.

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