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: ‘Dig’ by I Mother Earth

I Mother Earth is one of the many bands whose videos were played on MTV’s Headbangers Ball once or twice and then never aired again. At the time, I thought they sounded interesting enough to check out, but I was never motivated to actually go out and hunt the album down.  And, let’s face it, there were higher priorities in regards to hunting music for … Continue reading Retro-Review: ‘Dig’ by I Mother Earth

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: ‘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: ‘Above the Light’ by Sadist

Sadist is a band I never really gave much thought to. I was aware of their existence mostly due to advertisements in magazines like Metal Maniacs and RIP, touting their T-shirts and albums next to countless other bands that seemed to be on the periphery of the metal scene. Like many of these bands, there was very little buzz about them, at least back in … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Above the Light’ by Sadist

Retro-review: ‘Obscura’ by Gorguts

In the world of rock music, there are albums and there are milestones. Obscura by Canada’s Gorguts is one of the latter. Released in 1998, Obscura may have not flipped the death metal world on its head, but it definitely showcased what could be done with a genre that had been in decline for half a decade, coinciding with the release of their 1993 album … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Obscura’ by Gorguts

Retro-review: ‘Individual Thought Patterns’ by Death

If you’re a fan of death metal then you’re probably familiar with the band Death. Death’s founder and lead vocalist, Chuck Schuldiner, is credited as the “Father of Death Metal” with the entire genre taking the name of his band. It was Death’s 1987 album Scream Bloody Gore that’s credited with launching the genre and inspiring other musicians to adopt their own variation of the … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Individual Thought Patterns’ by Death

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

Retro-review: ‘Odium’ by Morgoth

When it comes to death metal albums from 1993, I cannot recommend Morgoth’s Odium enough. This album from the German band could be called “experimental” and it could be called “progressive,” or you could just call it “death metal.” Whatever you want to call it, this album sounds like nothing else (that I’ve heard at least) released on the death metal world at the time. … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Odium’ by Morgoth