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: ‘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: ‘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