2017 EASTER SPECIAL
Featuring Cuts From:
[the various brain droppings, rants and general wackiness of Uncle NecRo]
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December 4, 2016
Here we are, arrived at Part 5, the final ten in this little mini-series on the blog. Hope it was good for you. I know you’re just itching with curiosity to know what the rest are, so without further adieu:
20 – Mortification (Mortification)
…this was my first exposure to this new fangled style of metal that was Death Metal. Back in the tail end of 1992, on the trip back from a national youth group convention in Texas, someone in the van I was riding in lent me his copy of this album, because he saw the Destruction Comes cassette in my collection. I’ve been hooked ever since.
19 – Mud Angels (Crashdog)
…what do you know, actual legit punk rawk, at a time when “punk” consisted of the radio-friendly pop styles of Green Day, MxPx and…some other bands, I don’t really know much about all of that. But this, nothing slick about this rawness.
18 – Disengage (Circle Of Dust)
…dark, electronic goodness that goes great with brooding.
17 – No Compromise (No Innocent Victim)
…one of the better of the so-called “Spirit-Filled Hardcore” bands I’ve come across, only slightly less pretentiously amusing than those Straight Edge bands.
16 – I Scream Sunday (One Bad Pig)
…while the inclusion of the duet with Johnny Cash on his song “Man In Black” is enough to warrant this as the best of One Bad Pig’s discography to date, there’s some seriously good cuts on this besides just that song.
15 – Lemonade (Leaderdogs For The Blind)
…since it was given to me by one of my alternative music snob friends, I was expecting just that. Imagine my surprise when this turned out to be pretty good industrialized rock.
14 – Snuff The Punk [Rescue Records 1994 Version] (Payable On Death)
…yep, there’s Payable On Death in my collection. Yep, it’s been in there since long before they became youth group darlings. Yep, this original version is preferable to the post-fame remaster re-release version. Yep, I refuse to call the band “P-O-D”. Yep, even I want to punch myself in the face right now.
13 – Against The Law (Stryper)
…like with the Bloodgood entry, this is the only studio album Stryper released in the 1990s, so I can’t include the previous releases. But, unlike the Bloodgood entry, this album is very good and should be listened to a whole bunch of times.
12 – Lament For The Weary (Seventh Angel)
…after only hearing a couple of their cuts on the Arise Skates compilation, I found this at a Camelot Records. Good find, methinks.
11 – Socially Unacceptable (Jesus Freaks)
…I remember this being the first legit thrash album I’ve heard from a Christian band, immediately comparing it to Metallica in their Ride The Lightning era. Oh, how adorable I was back then. Still, great little EP.
10 – Ascension (GROMS)
…pity these guys didn’t produces more than just this album. Great death metal, this one is.
9 – The Torment (Seventh Angel)
…I like this debut album just slightly more than their second one, simply because it’s more straight-up thrash. They’re both excellent, though.
8 – What A Joke! (Deliverance)
…my first Deliverance album, also my first exposure to the existence of Christians playing thrash metal. Which is why this one is the most-listened to album of their discography.
7 – Nonexistent (Living Sacrifice)
…my first exposure to the band that is Living Sacrifice, I got this because of the cover art alone. I was thinking, “wow, they sell this at a Christian bookstore!” Fortunately, the death metal was fantastic to boot.
6 – Brainchild (Circle Of Dust)
…heavy industrial metal goodness. More in the vein of Ministry than Nine Inch Nails, and it still hasn’t gotten old over 20 years later.
5 – Still Suffering (Klank)
…I cannot tell you how many speakers I’ve damaged cranking this thing. Or how many countless hours of darkness this helped me get through.
4 – Candyland (Rackets & Drapes)
…I could write pages on how this album by this particular band was such a paradigm shift for me when I first discovered it, but that would defeat the purpose of a brief synopsis for this list. Maybe later.
3 – Destruction Comes (Vengeance Rising)
…you long time Vengeance Rising fans are probably wondering why I placed this one so high on the list. Well…it was the first Vengeance album I owned, and it was the first one to pop into my head when I was brainstorming. Also, sometimes you just need to sit back and GRIND.
2 – Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance (Tourniquet)
…hmmm, what’s that? You’ve been wondering which Tourniquet album I deem to be better than Psycho Surgery? Why, it’s this one, silly. No, no, don’t feel bad. You’re not the only one who’s wrong.
1 – Scrolls Of The Megilloth (Mortification)
…and the top spot goes to the greatest death metal album to ever be released, period.
November 22, 2016
IN DARKEST DREAMS
It’s time for a bit of name-dropping, folks. I first met Ricky Puckett at the legendary (and greatly lamented) Cornerstone festival, inside the Asylum tent. We were lounging inside the Goth/Industrial-themed tent, staying out of the glare of the angry ball of sky fire that is the Daystar, and happened to be chatting about what we usually do and such. I mentioned that I was one of the staff writers of the Dead e-zine; he mentioned he used to be the vocalist for the band Obliteration. I mentioned that the Obliteration demo was one of my all-time favorites and was the best part of the Chords Of The Grave collection; he mentioned he vaguely remembered my review of said collection on the Dead ‘Zine. And then, faster than Batman could say, “Martha is my mom’s name, too!”, we were instant besties. Well, okay, maybe not exactly that, but we’ve maintained an ongoing friendship since that summer.
Since then, I have been keeping up with the various projects he’s done, which have been varied. Recently, though, he’s just released a full-length project under the moniker In Darkest Dreams, titled The Vanishing. So, obviously, as soon as it became available for purchase, I snagged a high-quality download from CD Baby and began my first of what turned out to be many passes on my media player.
The album starts off with a kind of dark, Gothic-tinged metal style, which really does set the tone, but doesn’t give away too much. As we progress, you’re enveloped with a doomy death metal hybrid that somehow makes you simultaneously want to whip your head around furiously, yet brood while doing so. It’s kind of like if Type O Negative had a more death metal style going.
The entire album is a solid collection of darker death metal that I find rather appealing. There’s a couple of covers on this: one being R. E. M.’s “Losing My Religion” that’s interesting, and a good rendition of Zao’s “Five Year Winter”. The last track, I should point out, is kind of the odd man out, but not surprising. “The Dreams Of Disillusionment And Pain” is kind of an ambient piece, tossing in elements of industrial, then acoustic, then Gothic doom metal sounds, almost like a Rackets & Drapes intro got mashed together with a My Silent Wake track. If that makes any sense to you. I hope it does, because I’m not really planning on explaining it to you.
Overall, The Vanishing is a great collection of the extreme and dark stuff I know you always crave, by one of Oklahoma’s best kept secrets in the genre. In a perfect world, this guy would be touring along side Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. But we don’t, and if it sounds like I’m shrilling for this release, well…I’m not, but you really should buy multiple copies of this album. It’s all I’m saying.
November 3, 2016
Antestor’s fourth full-length studio release was…not expected. For all intents and purposes, word on the band’s status was “on hiatus” at best. Then, word came out that the legendary Norwegian pioneers of what they refer to as “sorrow metal” (kind of a mix of black metal, death metal and doom metal, simmered for hours in an iron cauldron and sprinkled liberally with a heavy dose of forest metal), and my initial excitement was tempered a bit with the question of, “can it exceed the awesomeness that was The Forsaken?” After obtaining Omens and giving it a few listens, I would have to say the answer to that question is, “yes…and then some.”
First, let me say something about that artwork. \,,/AWESOME\,,/.
Just…look at it. Creepy, yet captivating. Like an H. R. Giger piece. Totally \,,/METAL\,,/, there.
Once you get done with that, when you delve into the music contained on Omen, you’re greeted with some of the most well-crafted atmospheric black metal/folk metal hybrid to ever caress your earholes. From the blistering opener “Treacherous Domain”, to the closer “Morkets Grode (Dark Soil”, you’re treated to a multi-faceted aray of hooks, riffs, blastbeats, doom atmospherics, and acoustic arrangements that leaves you quite satisfied at the end of the album.
As of this writing, it’s been four years since the release of Omen. I certainly hope they’re not gone for good, as it was the case before. If not, then they went out on a very high note. But, if they have anything more inside them, then I can wait for as long as possible. Highly recommended.