Roundtable Retrospective: Incantation – Three Post “Onward to Golgotha” Favorites

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Incantation is releasing its latest full-length, Profane Nexus, next month, and what better way to welcome this release by a band easily enshrined in the death metal canon than to discuss our favorite albums released by the band.  Take note that we steered away from Onward to Golgotha to assure that we give due credit to Incantation’s other quality releases, as many are sure to mention Onward to Golgotha to be Incantation’s landmark release, and an album widely considered to be one of the best in metal history.

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Retrospective: Metallica

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Not sure if you heard, but a few people have an opinion on the new Metallica record. I know…crazy, right? Those guys haven’t done anything in like, 30 years! Who cares? Did you hear that new porno doom spazz release by HyphēnX1göRe?  Their last four splits and that demo are more vital than anything those old farts have done in forev— ugh! Wha! blech…ack–*gasp* thud…

(puts down bat, removes butcher’s apron and wipes hands and face with a wet-nap)

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Retrospective: Blood Feast – “Kill For Pleasure”

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Probably just like many of you, sometimes I find myself in a rabbit hole of bands I haven’t listened to in ages. Recently this was the case and I unearthed an old copy of the 1987 full length debut Kill For Pleasure by Blood Feast. I had forgotten just how much fun of a listen this album is so for this edition of Retrospective I’m taking a ride down the thrash metal memory lane with it.  Continue reading

Retrospective: Judas Priest – “Rocka Rolla”

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Hard to believe this month marks the 41st anniversary of Judas Priest’s full length debut Rocka Rolla,  as such, now is a good time for a Retrospective. At this point in the band’s career they were, for the most part, unknowns and when this album hit shelves it barely eclipsed a few thousand units. Traces of the almighty Priest, as we know them now, can be heard but overall this album falls in line with the likes of Thin Lizzy’s good time rock and Deep Purple’s heft. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, this album would be among a handful that ushered in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and would kick-start the career of a legendary metal band.  Continue reading

Retrospective: His Hero is Gone – “Monuments to Thieves”

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His Hero is Gone opens their 1997 masterpiece, Monuments to Thieves, with a damning, near-violent opening line: “Statues built for bastards / Monuments to thieves.” The album was a virulent, abrasive attack on America’s expansive poverty, crippling infrastructure, poor education and lack of universal medical care. The band’s foundational and fundamental influence on crust punk and crust-influenced metal is evident today across the globe (demonstrated heavily in Japanese punk). His Hero is Gone may no longer play shows but their vitriol and angst can still be felt as fresh as new on Monuments to Thieves. Continue reading