Godflesh’s ‘Pure’ is still 1992’s heaviest album

Godflesh’s 1992 album Pure is probably the first album that I bought based on reviews alone. Pure is the sophomore outing by the band, fronted by ex-Napalm Death guitarist Justin Broadrick. Broadrick, who also played guitar on this album, was joined by G.C. Green on bass and Paul Neville, who also played guitar. Unlike many metal bands at the time, machines handled the drumming. Sometime … Continue reading Godflesh’s ‘Pure’ is still 1992’s heaviest album

Ministry’s Psalm 69 encapsulated early 90s political angst

“Sixty-nine, 69, 69” For those of you that bought Ministry’s 1992 album ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ, or better known as Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, you probably recognized that instantly. For the rest of you, it may be unfamiliar, so I’m going to make the case why you should go out and buy this album that was released 25 years ago. … Continue reading Ministry’s Psalm 69 encapsulated early 90s political angst

On my mind #1: The Orville’s first episode, Star Trek: Discovery trailer

  Last night, I watched the first episode of the Orville. Here’s what I thought: The Good • It’s colorful: The Orville is a colorful universe with bold-colored uniforms, blue skies, shiny space ships and all sorts of other things that give it an energetic field. It stands out from most sci-fi and fantasy series out now, which go for a darker and grimmer look. … Continue reading On my mind #1: The Orville’s first episode, Star Trek: Discovery trailer

‘Buffy’ changed science fiction TV

If you didn’t know, it’s the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” There’s a lot of buzz and fanfare about the anniversary, with a new movie, “The Last Jedi,” coming this December. There’s also been rumor of a 4K restoration of “A New Hope” hitting theaters sometime this year, though all that exist now seems to be … Continue reading ‘Buffy’ changed science fiction TV

Cathedral Mixtape: Doom with groove

It’s that time of month again, and I don’t mean that “time of month.” It’s time for the Monthly Mixtape. This month we look at British doom metal band Cathedral. Cathedral was the brain child of former Napalm Death lead growler, Lee Dorrian, who had left that band in 1989. He and former Carcass roadie, bassist Mark Griffiths and Acid Reign guitarist Gary “Gaz” Jennings, … Continue reading Cathedral Mixtape: Doom with groove

Faith No More Mixtape: Weird, crazy and awesome

So, this is the first feature I’m essentially doing for the fun of it, which I call the “Mixtape.” And yes, I know that nobody has used tape in a while. Anyway, with “Monthly Mixtape,” I’m going to pick a certain number of songs which are personal favorites and which I feel encompass a band’s output. This month, I’ll be focusing on Faith No More. … Continue reading Faith No More Mixtape: Weird, crazy and awesome