Retro-Review: ‘Icon’ by Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost’s album Icon is one of the reasons you could say that 1993 is the year that doom metal became a genre of its own. Why 1993? Well, aside from Icon, we saw Cathedral release the Ethereal Mirror, diSEMBOWELMENT release Transcendence into the Peripheral and Type O Negative release Bloody Kisses. While doom metal was already established with the likes of St. Vitus and … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Icon’ by Paradise Lost

Throwback Thursday: ‘Nailed to the Gun’ by Fight

Back in the early 1990s, Rob Halford quit Judas Priest and formed his own band. There was a lot of discussion and fanfare on what he was going to do. Fight was what he did and they were introduced to the world at large with today’s featured song: “Nailed to the Gun.” It was a good move, the song kicked ass and thousands of metal … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: ‘Nailed to the Gun’ by Fight

Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Callow’ by Therapy?

I wouldn’t advise the video ‘Callow’ by Therapy? to people who have the heebie-jeebies about seeing bad things happen to finger nails. “Callow” is from the Northern Irish group’s album Cleave, which was released Sept. 21. This video, though, was released back in May. It’s a pretty fast number with rather dark lyrics, which seems to be something that Therapy? is good at. They’re a … Continue reading Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Callow’ by Therapy?

Retro-Review: ‘Infierno De Dante’ by Transmetal

If I didn’t know that the 1993 album Infierno De Dante (Dante’s Inferno) by Transmetal was produced by the legendary Scott Burns, I probably would never had bothered to listen. After all, when I hear a name like “Transmetal” an image of a hairband trying to pass itself off as “progressive metal” comes to mind. Well, Transmetal definitely ain’t hair metal. Transmetal are instead a brutal … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Infierno De Dante’ by Transmetal

Throwback Thursday: ‘Autumn Twilight’ by Cathedral

With the Autumnal Equinox falling on Saturday the days will grow shorter and the nights longer. So, what better way to greet the new season with “Autumn Twilight” by Cathedral. “Autumn Twilight” is my favorite song off their 1992 EP Soul Sacrifice. This EP was released just months before their landmark album The Ethereal Mirror. Soul Sacrifice at only four songs leaves an impact on … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: ‘Autumn Twilight’ by Cathedral

Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘My Life My Rules’ by Combichrist

“My Life My Rules” is from aggrotech group Combichrist’s 2016 album This is Where Death Begins. Not exactly safe for work, this rocking video might help put a little bump into your Tuesday doldrums. Combichrist marked their 15th year of existence this year. The Atlanta-based group was founded by Norwegian  Andy LaPlegua. For those unfamiliar with them, Combichrist has an aggressive spirit reminicent of electro-rock groups … Continue reading Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘My Life My Rules’ by Combichrist

Retro-Review: ‘Transcendence Into the Peripheral’ by diSEMBOWELMENT

Transcendence into the Peripheral by diSEMBOWELMENT is a strange album and kind of a challenge to review. Seriously, what am I supposed to call their style? It’s not quite death metal. Not quite doom. Not quite grind. They’re closest to the funeral-doom of Skepticism, but that doesn’t feel quite right either. Instead, it sounds like this nebulous entity that exists outside of classification, waiting to … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Transcendence Into the Peripheral’ by diSEMBOWELMENT

Retro-Review: ‘Dimensions’ by Believer

Believer’s 1993 album Dimensions is one of those albums I took a chance on due to the glowing reviews from Borivoj Krgin. Krgin was the reviewer I trusted most at Metal Maniacs and when he said something was exceptional, I usually took that as a cue to go buy an album. I wouldn’t usually pick up an album by a band from the Christian scene. … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Dimensions’ by Believer

Throwback Thursday: ‘God of Emptiness’ by Morbid Angel

Back in the summer of 1993, Morbid Angel released a little album titled Covenant. On Covenant was the song “God of Emptiness” which is our throwback video of the day. From what I understand, Covenant is the best selling death metal album of all time. Now, of that I’m not 100 percent sure. I am sure, though, that it got a lot of exposure, thanks … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: ‘God of Emptiness’ by Morbid Angel