Dismember knows Death Metal

In 1997, Dismember decided to release an album with the most obvious title in the world: Death Metal. Death Metal is exactly what it says, death metal. For more than 40 minutes, you’ll hear the Swedes play some pretty straightforward fair, staying true to the sound which they in part innovated in the late 80s and early 90s, along with better-known Swedes, Entombed. Whereas Entombed … Continue reading Dismember knows Death Metal

Aversion album ‘Fit to be Tied’ a crossover gem

The 1992 album Fit to be Tied  by the band Aversion is probably the best album of that year you’ve never heard of. Sure, there are a lot of bands that I’ve talked about that may be obscure, but they haven’t been forgotten like Aversion has been. Fit to be Tied is 33 minutes of that fused thrash metal and punk goodness that people like … Continue reading Aversion album ‘Fit to be Tied’ a crossover gem

First Lull album is a landscape painted in sound

Mick Harris was a busy guy in the early 90s. Not only did he perform one last album with Napalm Death, but he also went on to found a new musical project in Scorn. At the same time that he was working on Scorn, he also had another project, the dark ambient sound-making machine known as Lull. That’s right, ambient music. Almost a different planet … Continue reading First Lull album is a landscape painted in sound

Scorn album ‘Vae Solis’ sounds very familiar

 You’d think a reunion of the lineup that recorded side A of Napalm Death’s breakthrough album, 1987’s Scum, would reignite a fuse on a barrel of TNT. Well, you’d be wrong. Sure, Scorn’s 1992 debut album Vae Solis leaves an impression. But that impression is largely “man, this sure sounds like Godflesh.” Officially, the only two members of Scorn on Vae Solis are Scum drummer … Continue reading Scorn album ‘Vae Solis’ sounds very familiar

Will Trump steer the country to civil war?

What sort of long-term damage will Donald Trump leave when he is done with America? That seems to be the question on many people’s mind. This includes Neal Gabler of Moyers and Company. Modern conservatism, like debased religion, has an explanation for everything, and there is nothing mysterious or spiritual about it. Trump understood the desire for some all-encompassing answer, as demagogues always do. Demagogues … Continue reading Will Trump steer the country to civil war?

D.R.I.’s ‘Crossover’ melds metal, punk perfectly

When you talk about punk music, a lot of those on the outside looking in think of people with facial piercings and multi-colored hair shaved into mohawks who wear leather jackets adorned with spikes and studs listening to bands that can’t play their instruments and shout incoherently instead of sing. Well, those people on the outside are wrong … sort of. Punk is partially that, … Continue reading D.R.I.’s ‘Crossover’ melds metal, punk perfectly

USA Today: Is there no bottom to Trump’s vileness?

How low can Donald Trump go? The Editorial Board of USA Today wonders if he will ever hit rock bottom in regards to his vileness. This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions. Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never … Continue reading USA Today: Is there no bottom to Trump’s vileness?

‘Death to Capitalist Hardcore’ by Sore Throat a short, hard mess

When it comes to British grindcore band Sore Throat, you can at least say they know how to squeeze things. Their 1987 Death to Capitalist Hardcore EP would be a double album for regular bands. Why’s that? Well, Death to Capitalist Hardcore squeezes 45 songs, if you can call them that, into 18 minutes and 29 seconds. You heard me right. They make Napalm Death’s … Continue reading ‘Death to Capitalist Hardcore’ by Sore Throat a short, hard mess