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: ‘Volume 8: The Threat is Real’ by Anthrax

You can read a lot into the title of Anthrax’s 1998 album Volume 8: The Threat is Real. What could it have meant? Were they talking about the monster depicted destroying a city on the front of the album? Were they talking about some sort of generic threat of society on the individual? Could they have been talking about their own existence as a band? … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Volume 8: The Threat is Real’ by Anthrax

Retro-review: ‘Sound of White Noise’ by Anthrax

Back in the early 1990s, Anthrax, a cover band with a few original songs here and there, decided to hire a new singer and release an album of all original songs. And man, it was a great album. One of the few that I can play in my head from start to end. That album, Sound of White Noise, was released 25 years ago today and … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Sound of White Noise’ by Anthrax

Retro-review: ‘Sinister Slaughter’ by Macabre

Chicago’s Macabre know a lot about serial killers. Want proof? Listen to their 1993 album Sinister Slaughter. Macabre are what can be called the death-grind equivalent of They Might Be Giants. Except, where They Might Be Giants occasionally sing songs about math, science and history, Macabre dedicate almost their entire songography to the topics of serial murderers, spree killers and mass murderers. The fact they … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Sinister Slaughter’ by Macabre

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’

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

D.R.I.’s ‘Crossover’ melds metal, punk perfectly

When you talk about punk music, a lot of those on the outside looking in think of people with facial piercings and multi-colored hair shaved into mohawks who wear leather jackets adorned with spikes and studs listening to bands that can’t play their instruments and shout incoherently instead of sing. Well, those people on the outside are wrong … sort of. Punk is partially that, … Continue reading D.R.I.’s ‘Crossover’ melds metal, punk perfectly

No squabbles here, Stolen Babies ‘Naught’ is great

If there’s one album I recommend that was made after Jan. 1, 2001, more than any other it would be 2006’s There Be Squabbles Ahead by California-based Stolen Babies. That album was a masterpiece leaving both fans of heavy metal and the avant-garde satisfied. If I were to die after listening to There Be Squabbles Ahead, I would have died at least knowing that there’s … Continue reading No squabbles here, Stolen Babies ‘Naught’ is great

Skrew debut album broke no new ground

Back in the early 1990s, there were a lot of bands I wanted to check out. Due to my rather rural location and the fact that online music didn’t exist yet, I wound up missing out on a lot. A quarter-century later, I’m finally getting the chance go back and check some of what I missed out on out, thanks mainly to YouTube and other … Continue reading Skrew debut album broke no new ground

Album anniversary: Godflesh ‘Pure’

Because this blog didn’t start until May 2017, I didn’t get an opportunity to mark the 25th anniversary of Godflesh’s album Pure. With Oct. 13 marking 25.5 years since it’s release, I figured I would write a little something. This was one of the first albums that I possessed that my friends found scary. The last track, “Pure II,” had them convinced that Godflesh were … Continue reading Album anniversary: Godflesh ‘Pure’