Retro-Review: ‘Lead and Aether’ by Skepticism

I wasn’t sure what I was jumping into with Skepticism 1998 album Lead and Aether. I knew it was in a subgenre called “funeral doom.” I understood it was supposed to be slower than doom metal. But damn, is it slow, and damn, is it heavy. If you think doom metal is slow, then you haven’t heard “funeral metal,” which Skepticism is dubbed by many. … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Lead and Aether’ by Skepticism

Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Grey Garden’ by Windhand

It’s a gloomy wet Tuesday in my part of the world and what better music to play than some doom metal. So today we’re going with “Grey Garden” by Windhand. Windhand hails from Virginia, a state I used to live in. Their 2015 album Greif’s Infernal Flower was both a critical and sales success for the band. Prior to that, they released two albums, a … Continue reading Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Grey Garden’ by Windhand

Monday Midnight Music: ‘Night Swimming’ by Dentist

You don’t really think of the words “dreamy” and “dentist” in the same sentence, but here we’ll make an exception. This is the official music video for “Night Swimming” the title track from Dentist’s third album which was released July 20, 2017, on Cleopatra Records. I haven’t heard any of the other songs by them, but I’d hope that that “Night Swimming” is indicative of … Continue reading Monday Midnight Music: ‘Night Swimming’ by Dentist

Retro-review: ‘Leprosy’ by Death

Death didn’t take a break following their breakthrough and genre creating album, Scream Bloody Gore. They followed it up with 1988’s Leprosy, an album that’s considered by many to be one of their best. The great thing about Leprosy is that it builds upon the ideas that Schuldiner put to tape on Scream Bloody Gore. Leprosy takes his approach on that album, with tuned down … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Leprosy’ by Death

Farewell Friday: ‘Kingdom of Fire’ by Monstrosity

‘Kingdom of Fire’ is a track by Monstrosity off their upcoming album The Passage of Existence. As we have come to expect from Monstrosity, “Kingdom of Fire” is pull-no-punches death metal. It’s pretty straight forward, which is a good approach if you do it well, like Monstrosity does. Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, which is in that Eden of death metal known as Florida, the band … Continue reading Farewell Friday: ‘Kingdom of Fire’ by Monstrosity

Retro-Review: ‘Dig’ by I Mother Earth

I Mother Earth is one of the many bands whose videos were played on MTV’s Headbangers Ball once or twice and then never aired again. At the time, I thought they sounded interesting enough to check out, but I was never motivated to actually go out and hunt the album down.  And, let’s face it, there were higher priorities in regards to hunting music for … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Dig’ by I Mother Earth

Thursday Midday Music: ‘Henkselipoika’ by Korpiklaani

Admittedly, I’m not very familiar with “folk metal.” But from Korpiklaani’s video for “Henkselipoika,” I think it’s something I can get into. What is folk metal? According to Wikipedia: Folk metal is a fusion genre of heavy metal music and traditional folk music that developed in Europe during the 1990s. It is characterized by the widespread use of folk instruments and, to a lesser extent, traditional singing styles. It also sometimes features … Continue reading Thursday Midday Music: ‘Henkselipoika’ by Korpiklaani

Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Obsolete Beings’ by Voivod

If there’s ever been a band that’s persevered in good times and bad, it’s Voivod. While they may have never broken through to the mainstream, they have managed to maintain a 30-plus year career and have a big influence on metal. Here’s the video for “Obsolete Beings” taken from their upcoming album The Wake, coming out from Century Media Records on Sept. 21. The video … Continue reading Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Obsolete Beings’ by Voivod

Monday Midnight Music: “Zero Day” by Nothing

Relapse Records is releasing Dance on the Blacktop by Nothing, a band out of Philadelphia, on Aug. 24. To pave the way, they released a video for the song “Zero Day.” It’s sort of like a metal version of shoegaze rock, which was popular in the late 1990s and early aughts. Anyway, I haven’t heard anything else on the album or any other songs by … Continue reading Monday Midnight Music: “Zero Day” by Nothing

Retro-Review: ‘Colored Sands’ by Gorguts

Colored Sands by Gorguts is one of those albums I’m kind of reluctant to write about after I reviewed it. Much of that’s going to come down to the fact that critics and fans seemed to love this album. I just don’t hear it and I’m sure someone will tell me why I’m wrong. Musically, there’s nothing wrong with it and all the performers do … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Colored Sands’ by Gorguts