Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Wraith in the Apparatus’ on Death …Is Just the Beginning MMXVIII

The venerable extreme metal compilation from Nuclear Blast, Death …Is Just the Beginning, is back with another volume. Titled MMXVIII, it includes a mix of old and new school death metal. The Death …Is Just the Beginning series is old. I remember it being recommended by Lonn Friend back in the early 90s when he did a short segment of album recommendations on Headbangers Ball. … Continue reading Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Wraith in the Apparatus’ on Death …Is Just the Beginning MMXVIII

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

Farewell Friday: ‘No Soldier Left Behind’ by Trappist

What better way to kick off the weekend than with a song about beer? Luckily, there’s a lot of metal songs about beer and “No Soldier Left Behind” by TRAPPIST. Despite the title “No Soldier Left Behind,” the lyrics point at this song being about beer and the condemnation of wasting it. The song is from their 2018 album Ancient Brewing Tactics which was released … Continue reading Farewell Friday: ‘No Soldier Left Behind’ by Trappist

Throwback Thursday: ‘I Don’t Care’ by Obituary

In honor of the Trump Administration’s latest efforts to rollback environmental protections that help ensure we don’t all have black lung, here’s “I Don’t Care” by death metal daddies Obituary. This song from their 1994 album World Demise was the first time we saw the band get serious and actually have a message. “I Don’t Care” pretty much embodies the attitude of Trump and his … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: ‘I Don’t Care’ by Obituary

Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘When the Jackals Come’ by Immolation

I reviewed Immolation’s 2013 album Kingdom of Conspiracy back in May. If there’s one thing you can say about them, it’s that they’re consistently good and don’t disappoint. Considering how many bands have a tendency to become pale shadows of their former selves over time, that’s quite an achievement. Over their 30 years of existence, Immolation still releases material of ever-increasing quality. “When the Jackals … Continue reading Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘When the Jackals Come’ by Immolation

Brainfood: Robert E. Howard creations still under copyright

If you’re going to base your art on a copyrighted character or group of characters, make sure you’re not being obvious about it. That’s the lesson we’re getting when it comes to Spanish artist Ricardo Jove Sanchez whose sculptures bear more than a passing resemblance to existing artwork. From Courthouse News Service: Sanchez is accused of making and selling sculptures of Robert E. Howard characters such … Continue reading Brainfood: Robert E. Howard creations still under copyright

Monday Midnight Music: ‘Vixen in Disguise’ by Clan of Xymox

Clan of Xymox has been around a very long time. Formed as a trio in 1981, they released 16 albums since then. “Vixen in Disguise” is from the Dutch group’s 2017 album Days of Black, released by Metropolis Records. Only one of the original trio, Ronny Moorings remains in the band. As you can tell, Clan of Xymox is a goth-rock group, in the same … Continue reading Monday Midnight Music: ‘Vixen in Disguise’ by Clan of Xymox

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

Throwback Thursday: ‘Hollowman’ by Entombed

I know, I know, everybody does “Throwback Thursday.” But hey, it’s a great concept and what better way to start than with Entombed and their song “Hollowman.” This is a video from their 1993 EP Hollowman. Later that year, their landmark album Wolverine Blues would come out. I’m not exactly sure why it came out so shortly before Wolverine Blues — maybe they wanted to … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: ‘Hollowman’ by Entombed

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