Throwback Thursday: Milestone Anniversaries for Death and Gorguts!

ITPObscura

So, can we talk about how tricky it can be finding post-worthy anniversaries for specific dates on Throwbacks like these? I tried looking back through and finding cool stuff that’s happened or dropped on June 21, and…couldn’t find much of anything I felt like writing about. Damn you, history.

BUT…break outside the strict adherence to post-date alignment, and suddenly, things got easier. After shifting the search parameters to include “+/- a day or two,” I came almost immediately upon two death metal classics: Death‘s Individual Thought Patterns, which turns 25 tomorrow; and GorgutsObscura, which crosses 20 on Saturday. THROWBACK TOPIC DECIDED.

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Throwback Thursday: Panopticon – “Social Disservices”

Panopticon - Social Disservices
Social Disservices artwork by Austin Lunn

Last week US Black Metal underground hero Panopticon celebrated the five year anniversary of their massive and poignant third album Social Disservices. One of the darker points in the band’s discography, Social Disservices stands out among the often right-wing leaning political black metal and is an album whose message is still as vital now as it was when first released. Today, we look back on this piece of history. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

With Halloween just around the corner there’s no better time for a Throwback Thursday of the 1986 horror film Trick or Treat and Fastway‘s excellent soundtrack for the same film. Sure the movie is a little cheesy at times as well as a picture-perfect tale of teen angst but it stays focused on the aspects I love the most; metal and horror. Fastway, coming off of an album that veered away from heavy metal, found their sweet spot again here. Equal parts heavy metal and rock-n-roll, it compliments the movie seamlessly but also stands strong on its own. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Zgard – “Contemplation”

Zgard - Contemplation cover

In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we look back on an album from 2014: Zgard‘s Contemplation. Zgard is the project of Yaromisl Grozovoy, who handles vocal duties as well as all instruments bar the drums. As their Ukrainian origin denotes, they play black metal in the Slavic tradition, resulting in drawn-out, melancholic compositions that dip into the waters of folk music more than once. In this review, we will look at how well the different aspects of the music are balanced out. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Mayhem – “Esoteric Warfare”

Mayhem

Woe to the man who tries to utter the name ‘Mayhem’ without also inviting the band’s redudantly notorious history into the conversation. Yet that is precisely what we will do in the present Throwback Thursday. We will take a stab at Mayhem’s 2014 album Esoteric Warfare rather than Euronymous. This essay will explore the band’s most recent album to date and take a look at just how much of the band’s reputation relies on continued musical prowess, while also asserting the state of the Norwegian black metal scene. Continue reading