Retro-Review: ‘From Beer to Eternity’ by Ministry

What happened to Ministry’s lyrics? That’s what I’m asking myself because I just listened to their 2013 album From Beer to Eternity several times over the last week. At the time of From Beer to Eternity’s release, Al Jourgensen, the founder, heart and soul of the band had declared it to be their last album due to the death of guitarist/bass guitarist Michael Scaccia on … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘From Beer to Eternity’ by Ministry

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’

Scorn album ‘Vae Solis’ sounds very familiar

 You’d think a reunion of the lineup that recorded side A of Napalm Death’s breakthrough album, 1987’s Scum, would reignite a fuse on a barrel of TNT. Well, you’d be wrong. Sure, Scorn’s 1992 debut album Vae Solis leaves an impression. But that impression is largely “man, this sure sounds like Godflesh.” Officially, the only two members of Scorn on Vae Solis are Scum drummer … Continue reading Scorn album ‘Vae Solis’ sounds very familiar

‘Defiance’ wraps darkness, angst in beautiful package

Don’t let the energetic and catchy music fool you, Assemblage 23’s 2002 album, Defiance, matches those two qualities with just as much darkness and anger. Whereas the last album I reviewed, Skinny Puppy’s Last Rights, was abrasive and challenging, Defiance is almost catchy and danceable. Assemblage 23, unlike Skinny Puppy, uses traditional song structure. Their verses are built around a certain number of syllables which … Continue reading ‘Defiance’ wraps darkness, angst in beautiful package

Skinny Puppy’s ‘Last Rights’ both abrasive, intriguing

When you start listening to Skinny Puppy’s 1992 album Last Rights, I would advise the following: Don’t expects songs you can sing, hum or whistle along with. Don’t expect catchy choruses or memorable hooks. Don’t expect to get it on the first listen. Now that you’re prepared, let me tell you why I recommend this album while at the same time it’s a little difficult … Continue reading Skinny Puppy’s ‘Last Rights’ both abrasive, intriguing

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

Ministry’s Psalm 69 encapsulated early 90s political angst

“Sixty-nine, 69, 69” For those of you that bought Ministry’s 1992 album ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ, or better known as Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, you probably recognized that instantly. For the rest of you, it may be unfamiliar, so I’m going to make the case why you should go out and buy this album that was released 25 years ago. … Continue reading Ministry’s Psalm 69 encapsulated early 90s political angst

Tuesday tune at noon: The Electric Hellfire Club ‘Incubus’

  Got a taste for music that’s both dark and danceable, with maybe a little “Hellfire” thrown in? Then I got something suitable for you – today’s tune is from one of my favorite bands, The Electric Hellfire Club. The Electric Hellfire Club was formed in 1991 by former My Life With the Thrill Kill Cult keyboardist Thomas Thorn. I was first introduced to them … Continue reading Tuesday tune at noon: The Electric Hellfire Club ‘Incubus’