NECRO SHOCK RADIO – February 11, 2017

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Uncle NecRo’s TOP 100 CHRISTIAN ALBUMS FROM THE 1990s, Part 5: 20-1

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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:

mortification-mortification20 – 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.

crashdog-mudangels19 – 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.

circle-of-dust-disengage18 – Disengage (Circle Of Dust)
…dark, electronic goodness that goes great with brooding.

no-innocent-victim-1997-no-compromise17 – 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.

one-bad-pig-i-scream-sunday16 – 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.

leaderdogs-for-the-blind-lemonade15 – 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.

pod-snuff-the-punk14 – 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.

stryper-against-the-law13 – 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.

seventh-angel-lament-for-the-weary12 – 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.

jesus-freaks-socially-unacceptable11 – 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.

groms-ascension10 – Ascension (GROMS)
…pity these guys didn’t produces more than just this album. Great death metal, this one is.

seventh-angel-the-torment9 – 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.

deliverance-what-a-joke8 – 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.

living-sacrifice-nonexistent7 – 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.

circle-of-dust-brainchild6 – 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.

klank-1997-still-suffering5 – 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.

rackets-drapes-candyland4 – 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.

vengeance-rising-destruction-comes3 – 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.

tourniquet-pathogenic-ocular-disonance2 – 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.

mortification-scrolls-of-the-megilloth1 – Scrolls Of The Megilloth (Mortification)
…and the top spot goes to the greatest death metal album to ever be released, period.

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Music Review: DISCIPLE – Attack

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DISCIPLE
Attack
Independent
2014

Disciple’s tenth full-length release finds them back to releasing independently, instead of on the Sony-distributed INO Records, or Fair Trade Services (as INO then became known as). This particular release was completely funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which means that people paid actual money out of their own pockets for Disciple to make an album. I wasn’t one of the ones to donate money to the Kickstarter; I wasn’t even aware back then that they were doing that. But, I did pay money for the download on Amazon, so here’s my assessment of the album that fans funded.

From the opening tack “Radical”, it’s very much evident that we’re back to the radio-friendly nu metal/rock that’s heavy yet feels trip melodic, like what they did with Disciple, Scars Remain and Horseshoes & Handgrenades. Fortunately, when “Attack” ques up, it sounds like they’ve somehow gotten back some of their edgy passion, while retaining some of the modern sound they’ve been going with. Maybe, just maybe, going the independent, non-label route may have injected something possessive, because I find myself actually enjoying this song. As a matter of fact, I’ve found myself enjoying more of the songs here than not: “Dead Militia” with its heavy, marching style and pace, “The Name” which again hearkens back to older times, just nice and stinking HEAVY, “Angels And Demons” and “Kamikaze” equally as heavy and melodic, while “Crazy” is nice and heavy, but made me nervous with the EBM opening that kind of reminded me of the Batman Beyond soundtrack. There are a couple that weren’t bad, but didn’t quite equal the heavy goodness of the previously mentioned tracks, like “Scarlet” and “Lion”, while there are three Feels Trip Fodder Alerts to be aware of: “Unbroken” (again with the EBM opening), “Yesterday Is Over” (BALLAD ALERT!) and album closer “The Right Time” (BALLAD ALERT!). I don’t know why they always have to end things on a ballad. I’m of the opinion that you should rock the listener’s face off with the final song, to leave them wanting more. But, whatever.

Overall, Attack was a pretty decent listen. It had a variety that kept things from getting too homogenized; yet, in the end, not much of the album really stuck with me after I shut it off. I had to go and re-listen to a couple of songs to get a good description while writing this, and that’s usually not a good sign for multiple plays. Mind you, I’m probably not the demographic they’re making the music for. The production is great, though, and there is much to like about the album.

Music Review: DISCIPLE – Scars Remain

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DISCIPLE
Scars Remain
INO
2006

Disciple’s second release on INO Records, and sixth full-length overall, and here I’m beginning to suspect some kind of conspiracy by the record label to make the band sound like every other modern rock/nu metal band that’s on the radio. Rampant speculation, mind you, but I do find it a bit more than a mere coincidence that they would begin to sound like this right when they sign on to a major-ish label distributed by a major conglomerate (Sony). But, I digress.

Scars Remain begins with “Regime Change”, which is a heavy and melodic Nu Metal tune, kind of emo-ish, but not too bad. “Love Hate (On And On)” is a good hard rock tune, as is “Drive” and “Fight For Love”. Mostly, the songs on Scars Remain are fairly decent, going from the Nu Metal flirtations (“Game On” kinda sounds like an older Kid Rock song, decent riff though) and anthemic heavier songs with a heavy emo leaning. There seems to be only two BALLAD ALERTs to be aware of: “After The World” and “Purpose To The Melody”, which closes out the album proper. Again, with ending the album on a ballad. What is with that? Anyway, I didn’t really feel the need to get the Special Edition of this album, which features the track “Things Left Unsaid”, and then four acoustic versions of songs from the album. I’m fine with the standard version of Scars Remain, thank you.

Overall, yet again we have kind of a mixed bag that I’m up in the air about. When it’s heavy, it’s heavy, but somehow doesn’t really feel like a genuine Disciple record. It doesn’t help that the songs don’t really stick with me, which seems to be an ongoing issue with these later-day Disciple albums.

Music Review: DISCIPLE – Disciple

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DISCIPLE
Disciple
INO
2005

Here we are, at what I can now pinpoint as the moment when Disciple went from heavy hard rock and metal band that flirted a bit with Nu Metal, to a full-on generic sounding modern hard rock band that barely sounds distinguishable from other bands like Skillet or Red and everything else being played on the radio.

At this point, Disciple had been together and making albums for over ten years. And while, like I said earlier, they did flirt a bit with the whole “Nu Metal” style, especially on By God and Back Again, at least they still retained their personality. Here on the self-titled Disciple, however, they’re stripped of even that dignity.

Look, I’m not trying to say that Disciple in and of itself is a bad album; it can be heavy when it wants to be heavy, and there are some decent guitar hooks to be found, not to mention the production is very well-polished. But, the music doesn’t seem to have the same passion, the aggression and raw power as before. What is left is what I like to call Feels Trip Fodder, where the music is structured in a way to manipulate a certain feeling from you one way or another. And if that’s your thing, that’s fine.

Disciple, after a few listens, still hasn’t stuck with me after shutting off the media player. Yeah, I read and heard the reports when this was released that this was the bestest album they have ever put out (at least, until they released others after this). I disagree, but that’s neither here nor there.

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