Retro-review: ‘Sound of White Noise’ by Anthrax

Back in the early 1990s, Anthrax, a cover band with a few original songs here and there, decided to hire a new singer and release an album of all original songs. And man, it was a great album. One of the few that I can play in my head from start to end. That album, Sound of White Noise, was released 25 years ago today and … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Sound of White Noise’ by Anthrax

Retro-review: ‘Odium’ by Morgoth

When it comes to death metal albums from 1993, I cannot recommend Morgoth’s Odium enough. This album from the German band could be called “experimental” and it could be called “progressive,” or you could just call it “death metal.” Whatever you want to call it, this album sounds like nothing else (that I’ve heard at least) released on the death metal world at the time. … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Odium’ by Morgoth

Retro-review: ‘The Ethereal Mirror’ by Cathedral

“Well hey, what do you have say?/Well, I say we’re going to ride/So come on!” Those lines kick off and sum up Cathedral’s 1993 album The Ethereal Mirror, which will definitely take the listener on a ride through sound. It is one of many albums I took a chance on based on reviews I had read in a now-defunct magazine called Metal Maniacs. Some of … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘The Ethereal Mirror’ by Cathedral

Retro-review: ‘Screams and Whispers’ by Anacrusis

I was wrong when I said in an earlier review that I put Anacrusis’ 1993 album Screams and Whispers aside and never bothered to listen to it much over the years. I realized I was wrong when I listened to it again and recognized the majority of the songs as they played. Then it occurred to me that I had set it aside, but always … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Screams and Whispers’ by Anacrusis

Retro-Review: ‘Kingdom of Conspiracy’ by Immolation

What is it with old school death metal bands and their longevity? Case and point: Immolation. Immolation has been around since the mid 1980s, beginning life as Rigor Mortis in 1986 and changing to their current name in 1988. Since then, they’ve released 10 albums, the most recent being the acclaimed Atonement. So, not only do they have longevity, but many of these old-school death … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Kingdom of Conspiracy’ by Immolation

Retro-review: ‘Spheres’ by Pestilence

When it comes to the sub-genre known as “technical death metal” you’ll hear fans throw out the same handful of names over and over. Those names are Atheist, Cynic, Gorguts and, of course, Death. You can call them, along with a few others, the top tier of that sub-genre. On the other tier, you have bands that managed to get small, but dedicated, fan bases … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Spheres’ by Pestilence

Retro-review: ‘Dragline’ by Paw

Paw was one of those bands that should have broke through to the mainstream but never did. It’s hard to figure out why they didn’t, especially after one hears their 1993 album Dragline. The music on Dragline is not easy to classify. You could call it grunge or metal. Considering they’re from Lawrence, Kansas, you could maybe call them “Heartland Grunge.” Paw were in a … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Dragline’ by Paw