Monster Magnet – Dopes to Infinity
October 18, 2006 J. Bennett
After Nirvana’s Nevermind tore the “alternative rock market” a seven-figure asshole, every major label with easy access to a couple of guitar-wielding longhairs was vying to shove its swollen corporate phallus into the proverbial money-ring of brown fire.
Rollins Band – “The End of Silence”
September 18, 2006 Albert Mudrian
It was October 1991 and Andy Wallace was getting richer by the day. The veteran producer/engineer was reaping the financial rewards of mastering Nirvana’s recently released (and completely unexpected) commercial juggernaut Nevermind.
Brutal Truth – “Need to Control”
August 1, 2006 Decibel Magazine
When New York grinders Brutal Truth released their debut, Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, bassist extraordinaire Danny Lilker (Anthrax, S.O.D., Exit-13) had just severed his ties with Nuclear Assault.
Deadguy – “Fixation on a Coworker”
July 1, 2006 Kevin Stewart-Panko
“Hi Kevin, I’m coming down to your office now. Um… could you please make sure that noise you’re always blasting is off by the time I get there? Thanks!”
Eyehategod – “Take as Needed for Pain”
June 19, 2006 J. Bennett
Drugs, disease, crime, abuse, poverty, paranoia, drugs, alcohol, alcohol, alcohol: Such are the cornerstones of Eyehategod’s time-honored New Orleans aesthetic.
My Dying Bride – “Turn Loose the Swans”
May 19, 2006 Decibel Magazine
In 1991 My Dying Bride already stood out from the cookie-cutter, cookie-monster death metal that was hegemonic in the underground at the time.
Morbid Angel – “Altars of Madness”
April 1, 2006 J. Bennett
The sweltering heat and merciless humidity of mid- to late-‘80s Florida proved a fertile breeding ground for a burgeoning genre that would announce itself to the world as death metal.
Sleep – “Jerusalem”
March 19, 2006 J. Bennett
The words “stoner epic” don’t even come close to describing the extreme riff-hypnosis that Jerusalem visited upon the red-eyed legions of heshers, grass pirates, and acid casualties who genuflected at the altar of the legendary San Jose power-trio known as Sleep.
Cathedral – “Forest of Equilibrium”
February 19, 2006 J. Bennett
In 1989, while the extreme metal underground was bingeing on the high-speed savagery of death metal and grindcore, ex-Napalm Death vocalist Lee Dorrian and Carcass roadie Mark “Griff” Griffiths were getting ripped on British cider, brown weed, and the down-tuned Sabbathian histrionics of Trouble, St. Vitus, and Witchfinder General.
Emperor – “In the Nightside Eclipse”
December 19, 2005 J. Bennett
In the Norwegian summer of 1993, the second wave of black metal was still in its ultra-violent infancy, and only a handful of bands were actively exploring the parameters of what was then an obscure and distinctly Scandinavian art form.