Retro-Review: ‘Transnational Speedway League’ by Clutch

In the world of heavy music, Clutch is an institution all to themselves and Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes and Undeniable Truths is where it all began. Back then, we had not so much a clue that the groovy band with a goofy song and an equally goofy video called “A Shogun Named Marcus” would mark the beginning of a decades-long career or such a … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Transnational Speedway League’ by Clutch

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

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

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

Retro-review: ‘Punishment for Decadence’ by Coroner

Coroner never got as much attention as they should have back in the day when thrash metal was on the rise. Well, at least not in the U.S. The Swiss trio put out some great music, combining the influence of classical, jazz and avant-garde music with the aggression of metal, putting out a complex strain of music that you could say was progressive for the … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Punishment for Decadence’ by Coroner

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

Retro-review: ‘Obscura’ by Gorguts

In the world of rock music, there are albums and there are milestones. Obscura by Canada’s Gorguts is one of the latter. Released in 1998, Obscura may have not flipped the death metal world on its head, but it definitely showcased what could be done with a genre that had been in decline for half a decade, coinciding with the release of their 1993 album … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Obscura’ by Gorguts

Retro-review: ‘Individual Thought Patterns’ by Death

If you’re a fan of death metal then you’re probably familiar with the band Death. Death’s founder and lead vocalist, Chuck Schuldiner, is credited as the “Father of Death Metal” with the entire genre taking the name of his band. It was Death’s 1987 album Scream Bloody Gore that’s credited with launching the genre and inspiring other musicians to adopt their own variation of the … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Individual Thought Patterns’ by Death