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

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

Retro-Review: ‘Life on the Ropes’ by Sick of it All

Sick of it All is one of those bands I’ve always known about but never really listened to. You can blame that on a number of factors, but probably the main one is just the lack of availability in my area. You never saw their albums on the music store shelves, heard them on the radio or saw their videos on MTV. Aside from magazines, … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Life on the Ropes’ by Sick of it All

Retro-Review: ‘From Beer to Eternity’ by Ministry

What happened to Ministry’s lyrics? That’s what I’m asking myself because I just listened to their 2013 album From Beer to Eternity several times over the last week. At the time of From Beer to Eternity’s release, Al Jourgensen, the founder, heart and soul of the band had declared it to be their last album due to the death of guitarist/bass guitarist Michael Scaccia on … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘From Beer to Eternity’ by Ministry

Retro-Review: ‘Elements’ by Atheist

It not sure what Atheist was going for with their third album Elements. On one hand, you have death metal pushed to its most technical and avante garde. On the other hand, you have a lot of “what is this even doing on this album?” Elements would be the last album by the band until 2010’s Jupiter. It followed their acclaimed 1991 album Unquestionable Presence, … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Elements’ by Atheist

Retro-review: ‘Crimson II’ by Edge of Sanity

Ever since I read the original review for Edge of Sanity’s album Crimson in Metal Maniacs way back in 1996, I’ve always been curious to give the rather epic-sounding single song album a listen. Of course, 22 years later, I have yet to sit down and really listen to Crimson. So, it may sound kind of odd that I’m reviewing Crimson II first. Well, as … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Crimson II’ by Edge of Sanity

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