Retro-review: ‘Obsolete’ by Fear Factory

Obsolete is admittedly the first album I bought by Fear Factory. I was kind of late when it came to finding out what they were about. I was aware of their existence and their popularity, but the stars were never aligned for me to pick up any of their albums until the internet became a thing. Obsolete wasn’t in my hands until the early 2000s, … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Obsolete’ by Fear Factory

Retro-review: ‘Volume 8: The Threat is Real’ by Anthrax

You can read a lot into the title of Anthrax’s 1998 album Volume 8: The Threat is Real. What could it have meant? Were they talking about the monster depicted destroying a city on the front of the album? Were they talking about some sort of generic threat of society on the individual? Could they have been talking about their own existence as a band? … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Volume 8: The Threat is Real’ by Anthrax

Retro-review: ‘Above the Light’ by Sadist

Sadist is a band I never really gave much thought to. I was aware of their existence mostly due to advertisements in magazines like Metal Maniacs and RIP, touting their T-shirts and albums next to countless other bands that seemed to be on the periphery of the metal scene. Like many of these bands, there was very little buzz about them, at least back in … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Above the Light’ by Sadist