‘Strapping Young Lad’ shows why Devin Townsend is gifted

I’m sure most of you have talked about people who are gifted when it comes to music. The names people tend to think of first are usually Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven and Michael Jackson. Why are they gifted? Reasons vary, but for me, I like to think it’s that they can go beyond the mechanisms of writing words, composing the music and performing, and touch … Continue reading ‘Strapping Young Lad’ shows why Devin Townsend is gifted

Suffocation’s ‘Pinnacle of Bedlam’ shows death metal still lives

Before I heard their 2013 album, Pinnacle of Bedlam, I was only familiar with Suffocation through magazine articles and a Rock Hard death metal compilation I heard back in high school. At the time, they didn’t strike me as particularly memorable. I’m not sure why that was, because after hearing Pinnacle of Bedlam, I have to say they are one of the best all-around death … Continue reading Suffocation’s ‘Pinnacle of Bedlam’ shows death metal still lives

Anthrax hits hard with ‘We’ve Come for You All’

From the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, it could be tough to be an Anthrax fan. It wasn’t because they were making bad music. In my opinion, they haven’t made better music since that time period, which had John Bush on vocals. No, the problem was that you were never sure Anthrax would still be in existence the next day. That uncertainty made it difficult … Continue reading Anthrax hits hard with ‘We’ve Come for You All’

Dinosaur Jr. bores listener with ‘Where You Been’

Dinosaur Jr. is one of those bands that seems to have been around forever and has released many, many albums. But by the same token, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that actually buys these albums or knows their songs outside of the college radio crowd. Their 1993 release Where You Been might embody why. It’s got a good song, some OK songs and … Continue reading Dinosaur Jr. bores listener with ‘Where You Been’

Demilich puts ‘death’ in ‘death metal’ with Nespithe

The Finnish band Demilich are kind of like the undead Dungeons & Dragons creature of the same name. They’re monstrous, mysterious and pretty much one of a kind. Seriously, they’re monstrous. Particularly vocalist Antti Boman. His voice is like standing on the precipice of a bottomless black pit. This guy’s voice is so deep and gutural, that you aren’t positive that they haven’t just trained … Continue reading Demilich puts ‘death’ in ‘death metal’ with Nespithe

Orange Goblin’s ‘Time Traveling Blues’ stuck in unoriginality

When I hear someone say “Orange Goblin” the first two things that pop into my mind are Hulk Hogan and Donald Trump. But, Orange Goblin is also the name of a very popular doom-stoner band from the United Kingdom. And I’ll be looking at their second album today. What can I say about Orange Goblin’s 1998 album Time Traveling Blues? Not a lot. It’s not … Continue reading Orange Goblin’s ‘Time Traveling Blues’ stuck in unoriginality

Dismember takes Swedish Death Metal crown with ‘Indecent & Obscene’

You can’t help but notice the Indecent & Obscene album by Dismember when you see it. I mean, the image of the band’s metallic logo breaking through a guy’s bloody chest cavity is pretty memorable. The album, released Jan. 26, 1993, is memorable in its own right as well. At this point, Dismember was one of the biggest names in Swedish Death Metal. But they had one … Continue reading Dismember takes Swedish Death Metal crown with ‘Indecent & Obscene’

One-hit wonder Belly worth a listen

Belly has a story that’s kind of typical for bands in the early 1990s. If there was one thing that has been a constant in popular music since its inception is the one-hit wonder. You know, the band that makes a hit song that just blows everything else at that very moment away, just to fade back into obscurity and conversations that go “oh, I … Continue reading One-hit wonder Belly worth a listen

Jesus Jones’ Perverse a mixed bag

Everyone that had MTV who was born before 1980 and after 1960 probably remembers “Right Here, Right Now” from Jesus Jones. That single, which had a video debut in 1990, sort of an anthem going into the next decade which began with the Berlin Wall crumbling and the Soviet Union collapsing soon afterward. It was a “Buzz Clip” for I don’t know how many months. … Continue reading Jesus Jones’ Perverse a mixed bag

Front Line Assembly searches for identity on ‘State of Mind’

Front Line Assembly has always hovered near the top of the industrial music genre. For some reason, they’ve never broken through to mainstream consciousness like their contemporaries like Ministry and Skinny Puppy and I’m not sure why. They’re not as abrasive as Skinny Puppy and not as metal as Ministry, falling into a niche that is more accessible sounding but also keeps that sharp industrial … Continue reading Front Line Assembly searches for identity on ‘State of Mind’