Top 5: Mastodon, Mute Math, Van Halen & More!

  • This progressive metal band from Georgia seems to get an unusually high amount of praise from indie-rock magazines like Paste. Perhaps all of the hipster publications feel guilty about slagging most metal and progressive rock acts (Rush has never been on the cover of Rolling Stone!) and they collectively got together and decided to give Mastodon some love. Either way, their new album, Crack the Skye is brutal in its intensity and challenging in its use of odd meters and literary references.
Mute Math
  • I fell in love with Mute Math's rendition of "The Transformers Theme" from the first movie. It certainly influenced my take on the song. I've been digging their electronically rocking new album, Armistice this week.
Van Halen
  • It's been another Van Halen-rific week in the Anealio household. I've been cranking OU812 and the Right Here, Right Now live album. Which leads me to ...
Sammy Hagar
  • My recent Van Halen obsession has led me to seek out all of the members splinter projects. "Give to Live" off of Hagar's I Never Said Goodbye album is just a brilliant piece of pop song craft. Which then leads to ...
  • Chickenfoot is a supergroup consisting of Hagar, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani. I'm a massive Satriani fan but this record hasn't really grown on me yet.

What are you listening to today?

Dig Music? Enjoy Science Fiction & Fantasy? Check out the Sci-Fi Songs album:

Featuring songs inspired by: BSG, Star Wars, Firefly & more:

Available on:
CD Baby
John Anealio - Sci-Fi Songs


  1. Mastodon rocks! You're right, prog rock gets no respect here in the States. The owner of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame won't ever allow Rush to enter. Fortunately, prog rock thrives very well over in Europe.
    And at the moment, I'm listening to Arjen Lucassen's Guilt Machine.

  2. Admittedly, some prog-rock can be over the top, but I never understood the wholesale boycott of the genre by so many music magazines who trumpet their eclecticism.

    I haven't heard of Guilt Machine, I'll have to check them out. Any other prog recommendations? In addition to the classic stuff, I dig Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, and Porcupine Tree.

  3. I recently discovered Porcupine Tree!

    I'm a big fan of any Arjen Lucassen's projects. Ayreon is definitely his best effort. Star One is goofy, but fun, as every song covers a sci-fi movie. Just Google his name and you'll find his website.

    And thanks for following my blog!

  4. Hi I've become ur follower. I wonder if u follow my blog to.

    thanks b4