Dismember takes Swedish Death Metal crown with ‘Indecent & Obscene’

You can’t help but notice the Indecent & Obscene album by Dismember when you see it. I mean, the image of the band’s metallic logo breaking through a guy’s bloody chest cavity is pretty memorable. The album, released Jan. 26, 1993, is memorable in its own right as well. At this point, Dismember was one of the biggest names in Swedish Death Metal. But they had one … Continue reading Dismember takes Swedish Death Metal crown with ‘Indecent & Obscene’

One-hit wonder Belly worth a listen

Belly has a story that’s kind of typical for bands in the early 1990s. If there was one thing that has been a constant in popular music since its inception is the one-hit wonder. You know, the band that makes a hit song that just blows everything else at that very moment away, just to fade back into obscurity and conversations that go “oh, I … Continue reading One-hit wonder Belly worth a listen

Jesus Jones’ Perverse a mixed bag

Everyone that had MTV who was born before 1980 and after 1960 probably remembers “Right Here, Right Now” from Jesus Jones. That single, which had a video debut in 1990, sort of an anthem going into the next decade which began with the Berlin Wall crumbling and the Soviet Union collapsing soon afterward. It was a “Buzz Clip” for I don’t know how many months. … Continue reading Jesus Jones’ Perverse a mixed bag

Front Line Assembly searches for identity on ‘State of Mind’

Front Line Assembly has always hovered near the top of the industrial music genre. For some reason, they’ve never broken through to mainstream consciousness like their contemporaries like Ministry and Skinny Puppy and I’m not sure why. They’re not as abrasive as Skinny Puppy and not as metal as Ministry, falling into a niche that is more accessible sounding but also keeps that sharp industrial … Continue reading Front Line Assembly searches for identity on ‘State of Mind’

Gorguts’ complex songwriting shines in ‘Erosion of Sanity’

Gorguts album Erosion of Sanity is a hard album to review. It’s not because it’s a bad album. It’s not because it’s a boring album. What it is is an album songs that each maintain such a high quality of musicianship and writing that it’s almost impossible to separate even one track that stands out above the others. I’ve been listening to Erosion for Sanity for over … Continue reading Gorguts’ complex songwriting shines in ‘Erosion of Sanity’

Cult favorite Beherit for completists, not casual fans

Drawing Down the Moon, the 1993 album by Beherit, is something of a cult classic. It occupies that space between death metal and black metal, where the latter had yet to establish much of an identity outside of really loving Satanism-themed lyrics. I would put Samael and Acheron in the same category. “What the Hell is a Beherit?” you are probably asking. “Beherit” is the … Continue reading Cult favorite Beherit for completists, not casual fans

‘Outlaw Star’ blasts away most successors

On Jan. 8, 1998, Outlaw Star debuted in Japan. About two years or so later, it would make its way to America where it was almost an instant hit for the Cartoon Network, which was looking to fill its schedule by squeezing anime into its Toonami block. About five or six years after its Toonami debut, I’m not exactly sure, a friend and I watched … Continue reading ‘Outlaw Star’ blasts away most successors

‘Rhymes of Lunacy’ a power metal masterpiece

Memento Mori’s 1993 album Rhymes of Lunacy is something I wish I had picked up when it was released in 1993. This spectacular piece of work is something I cannot believe I missed the first time around. It’s just so damn good, it hurts.   Whereas death metal was probably near, if not at, its highest point of popularity and thrash had gone into the … Continue reading ‘Rhymes of Lunacy’ a power metal masterpiece

O.L.D. doesn’t feel old at all

We’re kicking off 2018 with a look at the first album by a tragically overlooked band: O.L.D. or Old Lady Drivers. Their self-titled 1988 debut album is an interesting little journey into how far metal, particularly the rather young grindcore genre can be pushed and how much variety you can have in an album and still sound like things go together. Honestly, I’d rather just … Continue reading O.L.D. doesn’t feel old at all