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

Female Friday: ‘Coward’ by Aborn

Man, if “Coward” is indicative of what to expect of Brazil’s Aborn, then count me as someone who wants to hear more. The song is ferocious and you’re going to want to hear it again on the first listen. The São Paulo band is made up of Isabela Moraes on drums, Tamy Leopoldo on bass, Taty Kanazawa on vocals and guitar and Beatriz Paiva on … Continue reading Female Friday: ‘Coward’ by Aborn

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

Throwback Thursday: ‘New Millennium Cyanide Christ’ by Meshuggah

Meshuggah have been on the metal scene long enough where bands who were influenced by bands they influenced are on the scene. While they first rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, they’ve been around since 1987. “New Millennium Cyanide Christ,” from their 1998 album Chaosphere, gives you an idea what Meshuggah is all about. They have a distinct sound which is marked by its precision … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: ‘New Millennium Cyanide Christ’ by Meshuggah

Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Dirty’ by Sevendust

Sevendust is one of those bands you can almost identify right away. I think a lot of that is due to vocalist Lajon Witherspoon and drummer Morgan Rose who both have sounds that are uniquely their own. The two men have been part of the band since its formation in 1994 and along with Clint Lowery, Vinnie Hornsby and John Connolly have kept their sound … Continue reading Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Dirty’ by Sevendust

Female Friday: ‘Last Chance’ by A Lovely Day for Bloodshed

Don’t let the name of A Lovely Day for Bloodshed vocalist Brootal Bananas fool you, she has a monstrous voice that will squish your eardrums like you’re stomping on the yellow fruit. Today is Friday and California-based A Lovely Day For Bloodshed is today’s all-woman band. I picked their song “Last Chance” for both its brutality and its creativity. Aside from Bananas A Lovely Day … Continue reading Female Friday: ‘Last Chance’ by A Lovely Day for Bloodshed

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

Throwback Thursday: ‘Gods of Second Chance’ by Metal Church

Today’s song is “Gods of Second Chance” by Metal Church. It’s from the 1993 album Hanging in the Balance. Metal Church has always been one of those bands that’s been in the peripheral of the metal world. I don’t understand why they never quite broke through to the main stream like many of their contemporaries. I guess it could be because they’re hard to pigeonhole. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: ‘Gods of Second Chance’ by Metal Church

Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Soul on Fire’ by Loudness

Loudness has been around longer than many of the people reading this have been alive. The Japanese band formed in 1981 and has three out of four of its original members. “Soul on Fire” is from their newest album Rise to Glory. In it, they maintain their heavy sound that has made them a favorite of many and one of the biggest Japanese metal bands … Continue reading Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Soul on Fire’ by Loudness

Female Friday: ‘The Whisper of the Sea’ by 1/2 Southern North

I don’t know much about 1/2 Southern North. Aside from it being a one-woman band from Greece, I can’t find much info. What I do know is that the woman behind it all is known as IDVex and she specializes in a wide range of sound. Some of it, like today’s song “Whisper of the Sea” from her 2014 two-track single Lothron, is a throwback … Continue reading Female Friday: ‘The Whisper of the Sea’ by 1/2 Southern North