No squabbles here, Stolen Babies ‘Naught’ is great

If there’s one album I recommend that was made after Jan. 1, 2001, more than any other it would be 2006’s There Be Squabbles Ahead by California-based Stolen Babies. That album was a masterpiece leaving both fans of heavy metal and the avant-garde satisfied. If I were to die after listening to There Be Squabbles Ahead, I would have died at least knowing that there’s … Continue reading No squabbles here, Stolen Babies ‘Naught’ is great

.hack//Sign brings human approach to anime

.hack//Sign is one of those animes which you can watch as an adult and not feel like you’re indulging an immature guilty pleasure. Released in 2002, this anime series is one of the few that you can call rather mature (for an cartoon) and possibly profound. By “mature,” I don’t mean lots of nudity and violence. Instead, I mean the themes and restraint the series … Continue reading .hack//Sign brings human approach to anime

Medicine album ‘Shot Forth Still Living’ still has buzz

Over the years, particularly when I look back at the 1990s, there were many, many albums that I wanted to buy but never did. One of those albums was Medicine’s album Shot Forth Self Living. That album was released on Sept. 22, 1992, on Def American. I had initially read the review in Metal Maniacs magazine. They advised that it wasn’t heavy metal but still … Continue reading Medicine album ‘Shot Forth Still Living’ still has buzz

Napalm Death’s ‘Scum’ elevated grindcore

Napalm Death’s 1987 album Scum is an interesting album. It’s not only interesting for its music, but also the story of its recording. You see, Scum is essentially two albums in a 28-song 33-minute long package. You heard me right. Twenty-eight songs, 33 minutes. The average song on this album is quite short, with most falling in a range of being 30 seconds to one … Continue reading Napalm Death’s ‘Scum’ elevated grindcore

Uncertainty looms over professional journalism

It’s not easy being a journalist. Sure, you may not be as physically taxed as a surveyor who spends his day walking a variety of rough terrain (I’ve done that), as monotonous as working on a production line in a factory (I’ve done that, too) or potentially hazardous as working the graveyard shift at a minimart (done it as well), but journalism has plenty of … Continue reading Uncertainty looms over professional journalism

‘Utopia Banished’ cemented Napalm Death as a metal band

When I first heard of Napalm Death, I had only been exploring the depths of the metal genre for less than a year. I had become familiar with thrash, death and industrial metal (we loved labels back then) but had yet to hear grindcore outside of a Brutal Truth song on a Rock Hard death metal compilation. Anyway, I was in high school and a … Continue reading ‘Utopia Banished’ cemented Napalm Death as a metal band

Godflesh’s ‘Pure’ is still 1992’s heaviest album

Godflesh’s 1992 album Pure is probably the first album that I bought based on reviews alone. Pure is the sophomore outing by the band, fronted by ex-Napalm Death guitarist Justin Broadrick. Broadrick, who also played guitar on this album, was joined by G.C. Green on bass and Paul Neville, who also played guitar. Unlike many metal bands at the time, machines handled the drumming. Sometime … Continue reading Godflesh’s ‘Pure’ is still 1992’s heaviest album

Skrew debut album broke no new ground

Back in the early 1990s, there were a lot of bands I wanted to check out. Due to my rather rural location and the fact that online music didn’t exist yet, I wound up missing out on a lot. A quarter-century later, I’m finally getting the chance go back and check some of what I missed out on out, thanks mainly to YouTube and other … Continue reading Skrew debut album broke no new ground

Ministry’s Psalm 69 encapsulated early 90s political angst

“Sixty-nine, 69, 69” For those of you that bought Ministry’s 1992 album ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ, or better known as Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, you probably recognized that instantly. For the rest of you, it may be unfamiliar, so I’m going to make the case why you should go out and buy this album that was released 25 years ago. … Continue reading Ministry’s Psalm 69 encapsulated early 90s political angst

Midday Music Thursday: Egrets on Ergot ‘Sister Please’

So, I’m bringing you a little bit of new music today from Egrets On Ergot. This song from Egrets on Ergot really caught my ear when it popped up on my Twitter feed. Yeah, Twitter sucks, but companies still insist on using it to premier new videos and music. So, if you choose to write about music online, it’s pretty much a requirement to monitor … Continue reading Midday Music Thursday: Egrets on Ergot ‘Sister Please’