Female Friday: ‘Naturaleza Animal’ by Allison

“Naturaleza Animal” is a song by Chilean thrash band Allison. They’ve been around since 1998 and are still active despite their last recorded output, that I could find at least, was a 2010 EP titled “The End of the Fears.” Their most current lineup is Maricela Bruna on vocals and guitar, Natalie Uribe on bass and Loreto Silva on drums and backing vocals. “Naturaleza Animal” is … Continue reading Female Friday: ‘Naturaleza Animal’ by Allison

Retro-Review: ‘Dimensions’ by Believer

Believer’s 1993 album Dimensions is one of those albums I took a chance on due to the glowing reviews from Borivoj Krgin. Krgin was the reviewer I trusted most at Metal Maniacs and when he said something was exceptional, I usually took that as a cue to go buy an album. I wouldn’t usually pick up an album by a band from the Christian scene. … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Dimensions’ by Believer

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

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

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

Farewell Friday: ‘Kingdom of Fire’ by Monstrosity

‘Kingdom of Fire’ is a track by Monstrosity off their upcoming album The Passage of Existence. As we have come to expect from Monstrosity, “Kingdom of Fire” is pull-no-punches death metal. It’s pretty straight forward, which is a good approach if you do it well, like Monstrosity does. Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, which is in that Eden of death metal known as Florida, the band … Continue reading Farewell Friday: ‘Kingdom of Fire’ by Monstrosity

Thursday Midday Music: ‘Henkselipoika’ by Korpiklaani

Admittedly, I’m not very familiar with “folk metal.” But from Korpiklaani’s video for “Henkselipoika,” I think it’s something I can get into. What is folk metal? According to Wikipedia: Folk metal is a fusion genre of heavy metal music and traditional folk music that developed in Europe during the 1990s. It is characterized by the widespread use of folk instruments and, to a lesser extent, traditional singing styles. It also sometimes features … Continue reading Thursday Midday Music: ‘Henkselipoika’ by Korpiklaani

Retro-review: ‘Punishment for Decadence’ by Coroner

Coroner never got as much attention as they should have back in the day when thrash metal was on the rise. Well, at least not in the U.S. The Swiss trio put out some great music, combining the influence of classical, jazz and avant-garde music with the aggression of metal, putting out a complex strain of music that you could say was progressive for the … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Punishment for Decadence’ by Coroner

Retro-review: Damn the Machine’s self-titled album

Back in the early 1990s, Megadeth was on fire. They may not have been quite the meteor that Metallica was, but they were definitely a respectable No. 2. So, when Chris Poland, who played guitars on Megadeth’s album Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying as well as its predecessor, Killing is My Business… And Business is Good, announced that he was going to release an album … Continue reading Retro-review: Damn the Machine’s self-titled album

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