Retro-Review: ‘Refuge Denied’ by Sanctuary

Sanctuary is probably best remembered as the band that Warrel Dane and Jim Sheppard were in before they founded Nevermore. There’s a world of difference between the two bands, which is obvious when one listens to Refuge Denied, Sanctuary’s 1988 debut album. Whereas Nevermore bordered on the verge of doom metal with its gut wrenching power hits, Sanctuary is pretty much straight-forward thrash. Sanctuary are … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Refuge Denied’ by Sanctuary

Retro-Review: ‘Calling Ov the Dead’ by Velvet Acid Christ

Man, if there’s one artist I’d call a master of electronic music, it would be Bryan Erickson, the one-man band otherwise known as Velvet Acid Christ. Velvet Acid Christ has nailed a formula that has allowed for the production of songs that are memorable, have emotional impact and experimental all at the same time. Erickson’s output is so consistent as far as quality, one has … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Calling Ov the Dead’ by Velvet Acid Christ

Retro-Review: ‘Diabolical Summoning’ by Sinister

I have to admit, I’ve been looking forward to reviewing Sinister’s Diabolical Summoning all year. Back in the day of metal magazines, particularly Metal Maniacs for me, you’d see a lot of music labels buy full-page advertisements for the many, many albums they were releasing. Diabolical Summoning was among these. I didn’t know anything about Sinister aside from them probably being a death metal band. … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Diabolical Summoning’ by Sinister

Retro-Review: ‘Inhaler’ by Tad

Tad was one of those Seattle groups that got signed to a major label when grunge zeitgeist was going on. I had been curious about them at the time, seeing they had been on listening lists for several metal writers I kept up with back at the time. Alas, it was one of those situations where I simply couldn’t find their much ballyhooed album Inhaler. … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Inhaler’ by Tad

Retro-Review: ‘Heartwork’ by Carcass

Carcass made a sharp, piercing statement in 1993 with Heartwork. The early 1990s was the time when death metal was coming to its own and several bands were breaking away from what was then a very, very large pack. Carcass is one of the bands from that period who managed to create a sound that was theirs and theirs only. Sure, Carcass had already carved … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Heartwork’ by Carcass

Retro-Review: ‘River Runs Red’ by Life of Agony

Life of Agony’s 1993 album River Runs Red is one of the most unique albums not only of 1993 or the 1990s in general, but also in the band’s repertoire itself. Also, it’s one of my favorite albums EVER. River Runs Red stands alone in the way it sounds. There’s never been an album like it before its release and there’s never been an album … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘River Runs Red’ by Life of Agony

Retro-Review: ‘Wolverine Blues’ by Entombed

Wolverine Blues. What can you say? This album by Entombed created the “death ‘n’ roll” genre. Not a lot of bands can claim they created a genre aside from Black Sabbath, Venom or Death among an elite few. I remember the first reviews of this album, among them being the one featured in Metal Maniacs, proclaiming it to be the next Reign in Blood. Now, … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Wolverine Blues’ by Entombed

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

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