Four Songs: IDVex of 1/2 Southern North

“Four Songs” is a weekly feature in which a member of a band is asked “what four songs by your group would you recommend to someone who has never heard them before?” This week, Greek musician IDVex tells us what four songs she would suggest to initiate those unfamiliar with her music. 1/2 Southern North is IDVex’s one-woman band. Her music touches on many genres, … Continue reading Four Songs: IDVex of 1/2 Southern North

Retro Review: ‘My Soul is Wet’ by Mutha’s Day Out

If there’s one thing you can say about My Soul is Wet,the 1993 album by Mutha’s Day Out, it’s that there’s a lot of variety on the album. Variety, is both a strength and, at times, a weakness from this band that hails from Batesville, Arkansas. Mutha’s Day Out are local as far as I go. They’re from the same town I work in. They … Continue reading Retro Review: ‘My Soul is Wet’ by Mutha’s Day Out

Retro-Review: ‘Where Moth and Rust Destroy’ by Tourniquet

Tourniquet’s 2003 album Where Moth and Rust Destroy is definitely a metal album. I know a lot of people will groan out loud when they hear Tourniquet is a Christian metal group, if they didn’t know so already. That’s to be expected, Christian music on the most part doesn’t have a reputation for being very good. Tourniquet, though, is good. Their blend of thrash and progressive metal … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Where Moth and Rust Destroy’ by Tourniquet

Retro-Review: ‘Friends of Hell’ by Witchfinder General

Witchfinder General’s 1983 album Friends of Hell is for those who just couldn’t get enough of Black Sabbath’s sound from the early to mid 1970s. Their flavor of doom metal, which really wasn’t thought of as a genre then, would satisfy the fans of the dark sounds that Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward churned out from Master of Reality in 1971 … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Friends of Hell’ by Witchfinder General

Retro-Review: ‘Refuge Denied’ by Sanctuary

Sanctuary is probably best remembered as the band that Warrel Dane and Jim Sheppard were in before they founded Nevermore. There’s a world of difference between the two bands, which is obvious when one listens to Refuge Denied, Sanctuary’s 1988 debut album. Whereas Nevermore bordered on the verge of doom metal with its gut wrenching power hits, Sanctuary is pretty much straight-forward thrash. Sanctuary are … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Refuge Denied’ by Sanctuary

Retro-Review: ‘Calling Ov the Dead’ by Velvet Acid Christ

Man, if there’s one artist I’d call a master of electronic music, it would be Bryan Erickson, the one-man band otherwise known as Velvet Acid Christ. Velvet Acid Christ has nailed a formula that has allowed for the production of songs that are memorable, have emotional impact and experimental all at the same time. Erickson’s output is so consistent as far as quality, one has … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Calling Ov the Dead’ by Velvet Acid Christ

Retro-Review: ‘Diabolical Summoning’ by Sinister

I have to admit, I’ve been looking forward to reviewing Sinister’s Diabolical Summoning all year. Back in the day of metal magazines, particularly Metal Maniacs for me, you’d see a lot of music labels buy full-page advertisements for the many, many albums they were releasing. Diabolical Summoning was among these. I didn’t know anything about Sinister aside from them probably being a death metal band. … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Diabolical Summoning’ by Sinister

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

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

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