Retro Review: ‘Formulas Fatal to the Flesh’ by Morbid Angel

Back in 1998, Morbid Angel apparently decided they were going to take a break from Satanic lyrics and indulge themselves in the Mythos. But, the thing that comes to mind when you think of the Mythos is water and space, which is quite a departure from the hellfire that we’re used to hearing from Morbid Angel. The outcome was Formulas Fatal to the Flesh, a … Continue reading Retro Review: ‘Formulas Fatal to the Flesh’ by Morbid Angel

Retro-review: ‘Independent’ by Sacred Reich

Don’t you hate it when something you really liked when you were young isn’t quite as great as you remember? That was my experience with Sacred Reich’s 1993 album Independent. When I bought this album, I was 15 years old. I saw the video for the title song on Headbangers Ball and I thought “man, I have got to get this.” A couple of weeks … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Independent’ by Sacred Reich

‘Strapping Young Lad’ shows why Devin Townsend is gifted

I’m sure most of you have talked about people who are gifted when it comes to music. The names people tend to think of first are usually Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven and Michael Jackson. Why are they gifted? Reasons vary, but for me, I like to think it’s that they can go beyond the mechanisms of writing words, composing the music and performing, and touch … Continue reading ‘Strapping Young Lad’ shows why Devin Townsend is gifted

Suffocation’s ‘Pinnacle of Bedlam’ shows death metal still lives

Before I heard their 2013 album, Pinnacle of Bedlam, I was only familiar with Suffocation through magazine articles and a Rock Hard death metal compilation I heard back in high school. At the time, they didn’t strike me as particularly memorable. I’m not sure why that was, because after hearing Pinnacle of Bedlam, I have to say they are one of the best all-around death … Continue reading Suffocation’s ‘Pinnacle of Bedlam’ shows death metal still lives

Anthrax hits hard with ‘We’ve Come for You All’

From the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, it could be tough to be an Anthrax fan. It wasn’t because they were making bad music. In my opinion, they haven’t made better music since that time period, which had John Bush on vocals. No, the problem was that you were never sure Anthrax would still be in existence the next day. That uncertainty made it difficult … Continue reading Anthrax hits hard with ‘We’ve Come for You All’

Dinosaur Jr. bores listener with ‘Where You Been’

Dinosaur Jr. is one of those bands that seems to have been around forever and has released many, many albums. But by the same token, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that actually buys these albums or knows their songs outside of the college radio crowd. Their 1993 release Where You Been might embody why. It’s got a good song, some OK songs and … Continue reading Dinosaur Jr. bores listener with ‘Where You Been’

Demilich puts ‘death’ in ‘death metal’ with Nespithe

The Finnish band Demilich are kind of like the undead Dungeons & Dragons creature of the same name. They’re monstrous, mysterious and pretty much one of a kind. Seriously, they’re monstrous. Particularly vocalist Antti Boman. His voice is like standing on the precipice of a bottomless black pit. This guy’s voice is so deep and gutural, that you aren’t positive that they haven’t just trained … Continue reading Demilich puts ‘death’ in ‘death metal’ with Nespithe

Orange Goblin’s ‘Time Traveling Blues’ stuck in unoriginality

When I hear someone say “Orange Goblin” the first two things that pop into my mind are Hulk Hogan and Donald Trump. But, Orange Goblin is also the name of a very popular doom-stoner band from the United Kingdom. And I’ll be looking at their second album today. What can I say about Orange Goblin’s 1998 album Time Traveling Blues? Not a lot. It’s not … Continue reading Orange Goblin’s ‘Time Traveling Blues’ stuck in unoriginality